With the long overdue BlackBerry 10 launch now just two months away, parent company RIM has teased the first QWERTY keyboard packing BlackBerry 10 handset., offering developers the chance to get their hands on the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C test device.
Having recently confirmed a BlackBerry 10 release date will be held on January 30, RIM is believed to be prepared two all new BlackBerry 10 handsets to launch alongside the eagerly awaited OS, one with a touchscreen interface, the other featuring the company’s trademark full QWERTY keyboard.
With the repeatedly leaked BlackBerry 10 London expected to line up as the company’s first touchscreen toting BB10 offering, the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C is expected to offer the first look at the brand’s opening BB10 device with the infamous BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard.
“The BlackBerry Dev Alpha program is expanding to include a BlackBerry Dev Alpha C test device for developers who want to test applications on a BlackBerry 10 device with a physical keyboard,” an official Research in Motion spokesperson announced in a recent release to developers. “For now, developers can sign up for more information on how they can qualify for this upcoming test device.”
Ramping up its developer program ahead of the ever nearing BlackBerry 10 launch, RIM has confirmed the heavily revised BlackBerry app outlet, a service that will look to emulate the success of the iPhone 5 providing Apple App Store and the Android device filling Google Play Store, will be called BlackBerry World.
Having already issued around 7,500 BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handsets in a bid to encourage development for the fledgling new platform, RIM is set to offer up the first BB10 developer devices as well as offering devs the chance to trade in their developer handsets for a limited edition BlackBerry 10 device after launch.
“Developers from around the world are joining us on the last leg of the journey to the launch of BlackBerry 10 and we are thrilled at the enthusiasm we see from them,” BlackBerry’s Vice President of Developer Relations and Ecosystems, Alec Saunders said.
“Developers asked for hardware to test their apps, and we delivered. They asked for the roadmap about the tools, and we posted it. They asked for RIM to show our confidence in developer success, and we’re doing it. We’ve continued to refine and add on to our developer programs to ensure we are giving developers the best opportunities for success with BlackBerry 10.”
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