First Look: BlackBerry Dev 10 Alpha

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha
By Adam Zeis on 23 Mar 2012 03:43 pm EDT
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RIM has just announced that they will be giving a limited edition prototype device, BlackBerry Dev 10 Alpha, to developers at BlackBerry Jam in May. Thinking on this a bit and after a quick chat with Kevin (who is working from the beach in Miami today) we realized that we've seen the device live and in color already. Back at CES 2012 we took a tour of the QNX-powered Porsche Concept Car and it had a very interesting display mounted on the dash. A quick holy @#$% moment and we realized that the device in the car is actually BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha (inside a custom mount on the dash). We knew there was something special about the concept car, and the display on the dash definitely had us thinking. It had such an amazing display (crazy bright and super high res .. like beyond Apple retina. Really.) that it couldn't just be there for looks. Kevin actually swiped the display off camera and it moved just like the PlayBook OS. It was exactly what RIM has said the BlackBerry Dev 10 Alpha will be - not BlackBerry 10 hardware or OS, but more like the PlayBook OS running on a phone-sized device. Our hunch is that this is what the BlackBerry Colt originally was (which we know is no longer a consumer device) but more likely became the internal QNX/BB10 test device.

So what do you think? We'll have to wait a bit to actually get our hands on the device itself, but for now you can check out the QNX Porsche Concept Car video to see more of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha.

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First Look: BlackBerry Dev 10 Alpha

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I told ja....I told ja! Kevin kept panning over that display just a little too much in that video! Hahahaha

Kevin actually swiped the display off camera and it moved just like the PlayBook OS.

BlackBerry Fanboy #1 Street Cred for swiping a random screen.

This is a digital concept of the analogue clock/stopwatch that comes with Porsches. It is a stopwatch that measures your lap times, 0-60 times, and etc. That little watch right there is a part of a $2,800 USD package, called sport chrono package. To me, that concept device mounted to the porsche is way uglier than the current sport chrono clock in porsches today.

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That is quite the leap. So I am pretty skeptical. I hope the 10 development alpha is further along than what QNX car guys were running 6 months ago. The only software I care about from RIM is the stuff that will run on my PB. The future looks bright but it better arrive soon!

/Device agnosticism or bust!

This will likely be the same device internal dev's were using a few months ago and then scraped to wait for the new LTE chipset and new design. Probably only a single core CPU, but I've heard that the screen actually was pretty amazing. One can hope... but by the time it actually comes out, whatever screen is in there now will be a year old, so we can hope that it's also improved by then.

Bigger Picture : this means BB10 is far enough along to start having people test apps on it. That means its stable. That means it works. That means it WILL be out in few month. That means RIM is back !!!

This is hysterical. Back in September, when this community was talking about what the first device's name should be, I said it should be called "Alpha" for numerous reasons-- all phenomenal. Well, I went a little too fanboy and bought the TLD BlackBerryAlpha.com haha

RIM, if you want it, just ask, its yours. Anything I can do to help.

This is great news. I just hope everyone has read the source closely.
From the Dev Blog:
"This is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone – it is a prototype running a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone form factor. Just to be 100% clear – it’s not the final hardware or OS for BlackBerry 10 – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming."

So what people and blogs need to realize is this is a prototype, not anywhere close to the final version of hardware or software. I can just see the iBGR and other sites posting this devices and calling it a final version and knocking it down because they don't read the source.

Just to clarify, I know i didnt buy something like "blackberrybold.com" or another staple phone name. I just thought it was a funny coincidence.

Last! (how come nobody does this?)