Not dead yet: BlackBerry to hand out more Developer Alpha devices this summer

Not dead yet: BlackBerry to hand out more Developer Alpha devices this summer
As badly wounded as RIM is, the Canadian based manufacturer is not dead yet. RIM's VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders, actually has the confidence to think ahead, telling developers that BlackBerry 10 will help them monetize their ideas. And at every stop of the BB10 Jam tour, RIM made sure it had some quantities of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handset to pass out.

In response to a question about whether the delay in the launch of a BlackBerry 10 would mean more of these Dev Alpha devices being put in developer's hands, Saunders said that RIM will be handing out more this summer, advising those interested to watch for promotions. The developer's handset is the same one that is being used internally to help build the first BlackBerry 10 powered devices, and when they were first handed out at BlackBerry World last month, some critics actually reviewed the device as though it was the first BB10 handset for the public.

The fact that Saunder is even talking like it's business as usual at RIM could be a front to prop up the stock, or even a bid to get more favorable terms in a buy out. It could simply mean that yes, it is business as usual for the company as they race to get BlackBerry 10 launched before the grim reaper shuts the doors for good at RIM. One last thought. While RIM did tease some of the new features of BlackBerry 10 a couple of months ago, shouldn't they be rushing out some videos to whet the appetite of current Berry users who are dying for a reason to stick with the platform?

source: BlackBerryOS


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16 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I am so proud of RIM for fighting so hard. I wish them the best.

3. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I really love RIM's OS its so simple, and multitasking is going to be like web os, I loved web os, but now its android Blackberry 10+ android openness = happy

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Wow, I'll have to try this.

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I'm proud of them fighting harder, but don't you think it's pointless? All hope is gone, I hope they join Android or WP and fast!

10. RoyalTroll

Posts: 32; Member since: May 16, 2012

They will never beat the newer os's they might as well sell themselves

2. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I hope RIM does well, but on the other hand I hope Windows Phone 8 does well too. One is going to die out and as bad as it is to say it, I hope it's Blackberry. Unfortunately there just isn't enough room for everything anymore :( Maybe Blackberry can find its way in prepaid, who knows...

4. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I need a hands on badly....

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

why is it that PA has bad news and good news of RIM opposite each other?

7. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

RIM need to take a bold step in design n forget about their "beloved" qwerty keyboard. If people are switching to Iphone/Android or WP smartphones, do they miss the physical keyboard? NO! It's frustrating that they want to re-invent but stay stuck in their old designs. Their PR need to put a zip on their communications. Way too much unnecessary releases that comes back to bite them.

9. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

it seems like rim is very determined in making its way back to top but the problem here is that it takes them quite long for bb10 to go out in the market if ever hey would release it by september it will take about several months before it came here in our country bb has a really good messaging but lack of innovation when it comes to processing power.. how i hope they still have the manufacturing power to provide devices for people cause if not RIP RIM because people who used bb os 7 has been waiting impatiently..

11. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Is it me or does it looks like TouchWIZ?

12. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Looks similar to iOS, including the shell design.

13. vbetts

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Rim needs to do something to keep on going, they simply just don't have what the general market wants. You have Google, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, even LG and Microsoft that are just making more advancements to their mobile products everyday, so much to the point where if Rim really wants to stay in the game they need to put something out that's miles ahead of the competition just to keep up. They also need developer support as well, if not that go the Nokia route and pick up on Windows phone 7, or go Google Android to where RIM can have all their different customizations and additions, but still have the advantages of Android as well.

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I played with it.. and to be honest it looks a LOT like a higher res and more colorful iOS4 clone.. Didn't play with it long.. but overall it doesnt look like the game changer it needs to be .

15. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

It's only a flesh wound...said the Black Knight.

16. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Sorry to rain on the Blackberry parade, but does anyone really expect this OS to see the light of day?

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