BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha – To Brick or Not to Brick… That is the Question…

Announcements

TITLE_IMAGE

For those developers who’ve been part of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha program with either a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A or BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha B, there’s a date upon which you may have been keeping a watchful eye: June 30th, 2013… the day the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices are set to be deactivated. Or are they?

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices were seeded to our development community in advance of the BlackBerry 10 launch to ensure hardware availability to our devs well ahead of launch. Now that launch has come and gone (and so too has the date for the BlackBerry 10 Limited Edition device!), those BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices start falling into the category of unsupported hardware since they were never intended to be a full commercial product nor do they support the full OS builds. But really, they still work, so why throw away a perfectly good device? Good news! You don’t have to.

If you saw the blog post advising devs of the BlackBerry 10.1 SDK OS update (SDK OS indicates that it’s not a full OS release, but rather an OS build that features a reduced set of apps – basically what you need to develop and build against), then you’ll be pleased to learn that the 10.1 SDK OS also had the side benefit of removing the date that was to disable the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices. In other words, for any BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha owners, if you’ve updated to the 10.1 SDK OS build, your device will continue to work beyond the June 30th date, with no imposed expiry date embedded in the OS.

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A hardware will continue to be officially unsupported and the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha B hardware will join those same ranks on June 30th, but if you want to continue to developing apps against those devices beyond that date, you’re welcome to do so.

For more info on the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha program and to view other FAQs, please visit the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha web page.

About Brian Z.

Brian joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2005 working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who specialize in Bluetooth, GPS, multimedia, and gaming. As a senior member of the Developer Relations Team, it's Brian's mandate to not only support the application development efforts for a number of ISVs, but also to act as a voice at RIM for third party application developers. Like RIM, Brian's roots are in the enterprise world, but over the past couple of years he's quickly adapted to the consumer space, and that's where he spends most of his time today.

Join the conversation

Show comments Hide comments
+ -
  • http://www.bbnews.pl/2013/05/blackberry-dev-alpha-bez-ograniczone-terminu-przydatnosci/ BlackBerry Dev Alpha bez ograniczone terminu przydatności | BBNews

    […] via: devblog.blackberry […]

  • http://ccgi.maxpower.plus.com/ johnsreid

    Can you clarify if the Dev Alpha C is going to be supported alongside the Q10 or not?

    It’s actually a really nice phone in my opinion and it would be a shame to see that fall by the wayside when the hardware seems so similar to the Q10.

  • http://blackberryempire.com/no-eol-for-blackberry-10-dev-alpha-devices/ No EOL For BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Devices | BlackBerry Empire

    […] Source: BlackBerry Dev Blog […]

  • http://nerdberry.net/2013/05/23/blackberry-dev-alpha-devices-get-a-new-lease-on-life/ BlackBerry Dev Alpha devices get a new lease on life! — NerdBerry

    […] In a very interesting turn of events BlackBerry has decided not to kill off the BlackBerry Dev Alpha devices come June! BlackBerry has posted the following information on their BlackBerry Dev Blog: […]

  • http://www.apppressreleases.com/blackberry-dev-alpha-devices-will-work-after-june-30th/ BlackBerry Dev Alpha Devices Will Work After June 30th

    […] More info on this in the BlackBerry Dev blog. […]

  • http://www.blackberrybase.net/blackberry-dev-alpha-461/dev-alpha-b-werden-nicht-gebrickt-114146/#post637213 Dev Alpha A/B werden nicht gebrickt.

    […] […]

  • http://globaltechreview.net/blackberry-dev-alpha-devices-will-work-after-june-30th/ Global Tech Review | BlackBerry Dev Alpha Devices Will Work After June 30th

    […] More info on this in the BlackBerry Dev blog. […]

  • http://101bestblackberryapps.com/blog/blackberry/blackberry-dev-alpha-devices-will-work-after-june-30th/ BlackBerry Dev Alpha Devices Will Work After June 30th | 101 Best BlackBerry Apps

    […] More info on this in the BlackBerry Dev blog. […]

  • http://freegamesforiphone.net/blackberry-dev-alpha-devices-will-work-after-june-30th.html BlackBerry Dev Alpha Devices Will Work After June 30thFree Games For iPhone | Free Games For iPhone

    […] More info on this in the BlackBerry Dev blog. […]

  • http://www.berrynation.es/los-blackberry-dev-alpha-no-dejaran-de-funcionar/ Los BlackBerry Dev Alpha no dejaran de funcionar | BerryNation

    […] el blog para desarrolladores de BlackBerry (ver) se ha lanzado la noticia, ”los dispositivos BlackBerry Dev Alpha A comienzan a caer en la […]

  • Gerhard

    Where can I get the link for autoloader for 10.1 SDK?? DEV ALPHA A! I just want to make sure I get the correct version for dev alpha A
    Can anybody help please??

  • http://www.cnbbdevgroup.com/cn/?p=9414 黑莓10 Dev Alpha——变砖或者不变砖?这是个问题…… | 中国黑莓开发网

    […] 原文链接:http://devblog.blackberry.com/2013/05/dev-alpha-status-update/ […]

blog comments powered by Disqus