[Update – February 6th: If you’ve upgraded already – head over to the download page again – we’ve provided a refresh of the SDK to correct an issue some developers have reported.]
With the successful launch of BlackBerry 10, we now turn our attention to letting developers know what to expect from the BlackBerry 10 SDK when it comes to the BlackBerry Q10. Up until the BlackBerry 10 launch event, details on this device had been much like those of the majestic Yeti. But fear not, all details on the device have now been revealed and we’re ready for you to start testing apps on the device.
I’m very happy to announce that we now have updated versions of the BlackBerry 10 SDKs available for download. The main purpose of these SDK updates is to ensure that the development runtimes have proper support for the physical keyboard and screen size and to provide simulators so that developers can start testing their applications on the 720×720 screen resolution.
The details of the SDK additions are posted on the online roadmaps for each of the runtimes. The focus of these SDK updates is not on net new functionality, but instead around updates needed to support the 1:1 form factor, and screen resolution, allowing you to easily build a single application for both the full touch and physical keyboard devices. We’ll also be performing demonstrations, sessions and labs at BlackBerry JAM Europe to show you how to provide a single application for both the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 devices with very little effort. In fact, in most cases your app will simply work right out of the box, but you can also easily make Q10 specific tweaks to your application using our built in framework additions.
This release brings with it an updated Q10 Simulator, but no SDK OS update for the BlackBerry Dev Alpha testing devices. The SDK update is specifically targeted at providing testing support using the BlackBerry Q10 simulator and BlackBerry Dev Alpha C testing devices (which are currently only available in the hands-on lab sessions at BlackBerry JAM Europe).
There’s updated SDK downloads for Native and AIR, as well as on-device updates for the Android and BlackBerry WebWorks runtimes. So grab the latest Simulators and SDK downloads to start testing your application for the BlackBerry Q10!