Things had been quite on the BlackBerry front for some time but are starting to heat up as we near the announced release date of BlackBerry 10. RIM has now announced that it will be handing out new test devices, called Dev Alpha C, to the developers to let them work on their BlackBerry 10 apps.
This is not the first time BlackBerry 10 developers are getting devices to test out their apps. The company handed out nearly 7500 Dev Alpha touchscreen handsets back in May to its developers. However, the new Dev Alpha C will be going to a limited group of developers.
Specifically, RIM has announced that such developers who have submitted two or more apps will be laying their hands on these new test devices. The new Dev Alpha C set apparently packs a QWERTY keyboard and is a touchscreen device.
RIM has also announced a new scoring point based on which, the developers scoring the highest will be among the first to receive the new devices. Ported Android apps, for instance, will get 50 points whereas 1500 points will be awarded to Built For BlackBerry certified applications. BlackBerry Elite Members will have 200 points by default.
In the past, many had hoped that the looks of the test devices will betray how actual BB10 devices will look like. However, RIM has been clear that the appearance of these test devices has nothing to do with how the actual BlackBerry 10 devices will look like. The test devices have significantly bolstered the interests of the developers in the company’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.