RIM is hoping that the arrival of BlackBerry 10 later in the year will magically reverse its ailing fortunes. Good luck with that, guys.
In the meantime, developers in attendance at BlackBerry Jam, which runs in parallel with BlackBerry World in May, will be given a little something called the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha.
So what the hell is it? Well, RIM stresses that it’s not a device intended to hit the market. Instead, it’s a developer-oriented prototype chap running a modified version of the PlayBook OS.
“The purpose of this seeding is to give BlackBerry 10 Jam developer attendees a testing device to create excitement as they start to develop BlackBerry 10 applications alongside us.
“To be clear, this is not a BlackBerry 10 device. It's the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. It includes a modified version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS which shows the path to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which has been customized to a phone. This device will allow developers to test the applications they are building with our BlackBerry 10 toolsets.”
This year’s BlackBerry Jam and BlackBerry World go down from May 1 to May 3. Stay tuned for, uhm, lots of BlackBerry stuff and that.