The next phase of RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, a $10,000 guarantee program dubbed the “BlackBerry Dev Alpha C” is announced at the BlackBerry JAM conference in Asia.
For those new “BlackBerry Dev Alpha is a testing device for developers so that they can adjust, debug, and test BlackBerry 10 applications to get ready for the launch of the BlackBerry 10 QWERTY device next year.”
The company said the distribution will be limited to developers who submit two or more applications. “We’re only producing a limited number of these testing devices, and they will be reserved on a priority list for developers who have demonstrated that they are building apps for BlackBerry 10,” the compand added.
In addtion, RIM has also teamed up with Appcelerator, a company that offers a platform for building native apps, to give developers even more incentive to build for the platform.
“The first 100 developers will receive a BlackBerry Dev Alpha test device, once their application has been submitted for review on the BlackBerry World storefront
Up to 10,000 developers will receive one year of free Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) and Analytics, once their app is approved and available for sale on BlackBerry World,” the company revealed
These developers will be given priority seeding for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C, and will be determined on the following point system:
- “50 points for ported Android applications
- 250 points for all other applications (Native, BlackBerry WebWorks, Adobe AIR)
- 1500 points for Built For BlackBerry certified application
- 200 points to start for BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A/B recipients
- 200 points to start for BlackBerry Elite Members,” informs BB.
The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C offer will run from December 1, 2012 through February 5, 2013.
For more details on the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C program, visit this page.
RIM also share a video “Fun with BlackBerry 10: BlackBerry Flow in Action,” that shows off “BlackBerry Flow with a series of common tasks being performed one-handed.”
Update 12/01: RIM just shared a video of BlackBerry 10 camera in action:
Update 12/15: BlackBerry shows off new Hub in its upcoming BlackBerry 10, “the BlackBerry Hub is the single place for you to manage your conversations. From BBM and email to phone calls and social networks, they’re always just a gesture away from anywhere in BlackBerry 10.”
In another video below, Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of Software Portfolio, shows off BB10 keyboard. In the video he explained that the keyboard is designed to be BlackBerry visually, but also to show the thought put into innovations in touch screen typing.