RIM Bringing Out a QWERTY Smartphone with BlackBerry 10… for Developers Only

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BlackBerry 10 Today, RIM announced a newest part of its BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha program.

Beginning back in May RIM started its BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device program relasing over 7,500 test devices to developers around the world. The devices previously released allowed developers to test their applications on the BlackBerry 10 all-touch model.

Now RIM wants to offer the same opportunity with its QWERTY model, which is also set to release sometime in Q1 of 2013.

RIM has announced that it will only release a small number of these test devices, and that they will only be given to developers working on a minimum of two applications for BlackBerry 10. Additionally, RIM will conduct priority seeding for the developers based on a point system.

The system offers 50 points for ported Android applications, 250 points for all other applications. Developers who are building certified built for BlackBerry applications will receive 1,500 points, while previous Dev Alpha A/B recipients will start off with 200 points, and BlackBerry Elite members will also start off with 200 points.

The Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha C offer is set to begin on Dec. 1, 2012 and will run until February 5, 2013.




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