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Some developers to receive revised BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha units

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha
By Bla1ze on 31 Jul 2012 06:46 pm EDT
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When RIM announced that the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha units would be handed out to BlackBerry developers, they were sure to point out that the devices themselves should not be considered a final design and for the most part, were in no way indicative of what a BlackBerry 10 device would look like. They are as the name implies -- Alpha devices, not even betas.

Last week though, when RIM started rolling out updates to the BlackBerry developer tools an image of a refined BlackBerry Dev Alpha appeared on the site labeled as "BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha B". As people started to notice it, RIM decided to remove the image from the server making it no longer viewable to the public. Realistically, it was likely nothing more then a placeholder image and rather than letting folks speculate over it, RIM just took it down.

With all that into account, it didn't stop those still curious from asking questions. One of those folks was @NerdBoss514 who further inquired with the BlackBerryDev twitter account as to whether or not there would be different versions of the Dev Alpha available eventually. In response, the BlackBerryDev team did advise that some revisions would be coming to the device, and that some of the components such as the SIM card location would be moved around.

Of course, that doesn't imply we'll ever see a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha B as it was shown but it does confirm some developers will end up with a different variation of the BlackBerry Dev Alpha, as it is known right now. Seems like the BlackBerry Dev Alpha units could become collectibles of sorts. The original, white version and now a revised version. Makes me wonder what RIM will do with them when developers turn them all in for a final BlackBerry 10 Special Edition Dev version. That raises the question of what those devices will look like.

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Some developers to receive revised BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha units

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And I hope they change the location of the volume buttons, in the middle on the side is lame... They better move em, otherwise Mr Heins might have to tell everyone "your just holding it wrong" shortly after release ;)

That's what I was also thinking. We'll need to have someone bust one open and check out the new changes made to the innards of "Alpha B" compared to the Dev "Alpha"

The current Dev Alpha has a slightly higher than 720p screen resolution than the planned N Series, The L series will apparently feature the same display resolution as the Dev Alpha though.

What happens to developers who weren't able to make Blackberry Jam due to sold-out issues, and still want one? Is there another event in Toronto or a way to sign up on a waiting list to test on the device?

I'm using the VMware emulator for now, but it sure would be sweet to try out on an actual touch interface and a small size to see how my app would run and debug (like I did with my Playbook apps since I own 2 playbooks).

We should have local community developer meetups. I've got a Dev Alpha that I wouldn't mind sharing so someone can load up their app and play around with it for a bit.

Yeah too bad you're not allowed to even let anyone touch it eh :p

Agreements, doesn't anybody read them anymore LOL :D

lol. Read an agreement? lmao. I don't thknk. I have ever read an agreement. I downloaded the Telus app yesterday and that agreememt was soo long all I did was scroll... Scroll... Scroll... People still read EULA's? ;)

Who wants to bet that the Dev-Alpha B will be a full QWERTY prototype? Would make sense from all the leaks we've been seeing, and if there's any difference in form factors and implementation then Developers will need everything they can get..

Ill bet not :) 10 inch PlayBook loaded with 2.1
Has a better chance releasing today than a dev alpha with a qwerty lol.

Maybe there has been feedback from certain devs regarding the devices since they haven't decided on a final design.

RIM will recover. I wanted to ask you in your opinion, if RIM indeed does die, what happens to people like me with Playbooks and app world???

Playbook, the one and only

Welcome, death troll. You unimaginative piece of feces. Feel free to spread your filth anywhere you like. After that, make sure you're first in line to shake the hands of all those who lost their jobs and careers, directly and indirectly, because of people with the same mind set as you. I DARE you to reply, filth.

Put the trackpad back or the guy with the poofy hairdo gets it! lol. No, seriously. I moved to Android and the trackpad is the only thing I miss. Everything else on a berry sucks dog balls by comparison.

I know, I know... it's vulgar, immature, inappropriate, unprofessional, unclassy... annd...........
!you know! that's the worst of all that you know

Didn't Saunders already say there would be another version of the Dev Alpha given to some devs later in the year? People quickly forget.

It's starting to get crazy in the Android world for devices. Forget dual-core, RIM must really consider a quad-core processor for the new BB10 devices if they want it to sparkle! By the time the BB10 devices are launched, everyone will be selling multiple quad-core devices. RIM must also be doing the same to be compared with the best from the competition. A quad-core processor will really harness the power of QNX and show off their impressive OS platform even more.

@Joe257 I agree with you, dual will look tired, especially as the iphone5 will be quad core, possibly tegra like chipset (4+1)

The big problem with current Dev Alpha units is the boot up time...Its an unboxing disaster waiting to happen. All the flow stuff is great once its up and running, but the wait......holy cow it's forever.

I also hope that between now and launch RIM have some secret battery project running, so that BB10 devices will have Droid Razzr Max running time with all the QNX loveliness

Dear RIM...Good isn't good enough. It's time for greatness.

I really wish I could order one of these for development. I'm in the middle of the US and can't afford to attend one of the BB Jam sessions. I'd gladly pay up so long as I could turn it in and get some credit towards a production BB 10 phone.

The VMWare simulator is cumbersome compared to the real thing.