RIM preparing update for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha
By Bla1ze on 16 May 2012 02:10 pm EDT
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For all you lucky developers out there with a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha in your hands, RIM has now confirmed via the @BlackBerryDev Twitter account that an update for the device is nearing. The device, which was given out to developers during the recent BlackBerry 10 Jam has, as of yet, never received an update so it will be interesting to see what RIM adds in.

We're getting the update for BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha ready - make sure your requests are in the issue tracker -   ^AK

As we saw recently, RIM has been showing off aspects of BlackBerry 10 OS using the device though, it's assumed they'll not add too much of that on the Dev Alpha but rather, just include the basics for developers to work with.

If you're a developer who doesn't yet have a Dev Alpha to test on, you'll want to check out the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour dates as the devices will be handed out at those events in limited supply.

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RIM preparing update for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device

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Nobody gets them, they get returned to RIM.

Doesn't anybody understand that they cannot be sold or given away?

Ya, it has to be soon if the PB is going to get BB10, which I assume will happen right around if not before the first BB10 phones come out within 6 months.

I'd call you hopeful. I expect BB10 phones will definitely have BB10 and be released before the PlayBook gets it.

I'd call you hopeful. I expect BB10 phones will definitely have BB10 and be released before the PlayBook gets it.

I hope we'll also receive instructions on how to install the update. We're supposed to use Desktop Software version 7.1 for this but it is not showing up on Beta Zone yet.

Hopefully, we'll also see some portion of the BlueTooth and USB API.

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I'd like to see Developers posting what they'd like to see improved on the device. Is there a way for them to address stuff to RIM?

The can send to RIM via below

We're getting the update for BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha ready - make sure your requests are in the issue tracker - http://bbry.lv/m9szVj ^AK

But if you mean you want to view what has already been requested etc. Not sure if you can, and not sure if dev can view each other tickets either.

Hardware wise, I'd personally like to see RIM bring back the two convenience buttons and add an MicroSd slot. Another thing I'd like to see which none of the other manufacturers are doing yet is a high quality front facing cam as well. More and more people are doing self portrait pics and it''d be great if someone started doing this. I think it's just a matter of time before one of them makes it, but if RIM does this It would be another bullet that will set it apart from the rest of the competition. Now, I know this is just a Dev Alpha, I'm just speaking on the final product.