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Mar 25, 2012

RIM Offers Devs BlackBerry 10 Prototype Smartphones in May

Research In Motion is trying to keep developers close now more than ever. The company has just confirmed it will offer them BlackBerry 10 prototype smartphones at its May event in Orlando.

It's unclear if all attendees at the event will get the device or just a fair number of lucky developers. What's certain is that RIM will demonstrate lots of new toolsets for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system.

It appears that RIM will release the first beta of BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools at BlackBerry 10 Jam conference, which will take place in Orlando from May 1st through May 3rd.

The Canadian company has jusct confirmed on its developer site that the following tools will be demoed during the conference: BlackBerry 10 Native SDK, BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, BlackBerry 10 SDK for Adobe Air, and BlackBerry 10 SDK for Android apps.

Moreover devs will have the chance to have hands-on time with these tools and have all sorts of tips and trick revealed by RIM's employees that will attend to the event.

According to RIM, the prototype unit that will be given to developers is just smartphone that will run modified version of PlayBook OS. Obviously, this is not the final version of the software, which will probably be announced this fall.

“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.“

Keep in mind that the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is only available for devs who are attending to this BlackBerry 10 Jam conference in May. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.


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