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Blackberry Dev Alpha B – Blackberry 10 OS


New Blackberry 10 release

I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard about the new Blackberry Z10 & Q10 being released in March 2013. With this release Research in Motion, better known as Blackberry,  is desperate on the support of Developers to bring apps to Blackberry World. Starting in Early 2012, Blackberry released the first Blackberry 10 Prototype for the Z10, Dev Alpha A. This prototype is intended to help boost the ecosystem when BlackBerry 10 launches in Q1 of 2013 by giving developers a physical device on which to test.

In September of 2012, RIM released a successor prototype device, known as the Dev Alpha B. This prototype included many upgrades such as better process and many other internal improvements.  November 29th, 2012 RIM announced the prototype device for the Q10 which shows the capabilities of a physical keyboard on the Blackberry 10 Platform.  This prototype devices is labeled as the Dev Alpha C.

For months, I have been in the dark about this new release until a few of my friends who are Smartphone Enthusiasts brought it up. Knowing that I am a Private App Developer for Small Businesses, they suggested that I look into the developer side of the Blackberry 10 OS. I immediately wrote this tweet.

Within a few hours, I received a tweet from @BlackberryDev on twitter saying to email them. Over 3 hours, I’d had already spoken to a Blackberry Dev Alpha B distributor, signed a contract, and a tracking number for the Prototype Device. The speed of this process completely surprised me.I mean, I had a brand new Blackberry Developer Device within 72 hours after posting a tweet.

OS Features

After receiving the device, I have fallen in love. The speed, the accuracy, and clarity are amazing. BB10 offers the Blackberry Hub which features your Twitter, Facebook, Email, text and phone notifications in one place.

Gesture control is a major part of the BB10 OS, as there is no “Home” button. Unlocking the device doesn’t require you to reach for the Power Button, a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen does this for you. This makes the experience much more satisfying.

Other gestures allow for you to place your phone in “Sleep” mode or view your notifications in the Blackberry Hub.


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