RIM has announced that the next phase of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha program has begun, and the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C testing device is being sent out to developers.
This is a test QWERTY handset which will allow devs to ready their apps to be used with keyboard-toting BlackBerry 10 smartphones. No, RIM hasn’t forgotten them, despite its obvious new focus on the large touchscreen models which are so successful these days.
RIM says that it has now given out over 7,500 test devices to developers, as the company is pretty keen to get them on board and coding for its platform, to try and catch up with the mammoth ecosystems Apple and Google have amassed.
Whether RIM, or indeed Microsoft’s Windows Phone, can manage to come close any time soon is debatable to say the least. But obviously they have to try and push hard.
The first BlackBerry 10 smartphones will hit the market in the first quarter of 2013, which may already be too late to save RIM’s bacon anywhere outside of the enterprise world.