Research In Motion (RIM) has already distributed to several mobile app developers its BlackBerry 10 testing device for them to have an early take on the upcoming release of the company’s latest operating system for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets.
The Canadian mobile device maker built a developer test device that appears like a hybrid between a small BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and an Apple iPhone handset, especially with its 4.2-inch XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) resolution display, which breaks away from the trademark QWERTY keypad popularized by RIM on BB phones. Dubbed as the “BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device”, the company gave it away to 2,000 developers at yesterday’s Blackberry World Expo in Orlando leading to the official OS release that is set to arrive before the year-end.
Alec Saunders, VP of RIM Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development, said at the event,
Blackberry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million Blackberry customers around the world today.
Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow’ customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform.
The smartphone industry has yet to see if BlackBerry 10 OS will help RIM recover from its slumping share in a market it once dominated.