App developers to get BlackBerry 10 prototypes in May

App developers to get BlackBerry 10 prototypes in May

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced it will supply a range of application developers with its long-awaited range of BlackBerry 10 smartphones in May.

A spokesman said developers will be handed prototype devices called the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha in order to begin testing a range of apps.

RIM social media manager Alex Kinsella said the limited edition devices will run "a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone form factor".

However, he stressed that the hardware and operating system will not be final products.

"It's a device to help developers get started with designing for what's coming. The purpose … is to give developer attendees a testing device to create excitement as they start to develop BlackBerry 10 applications alongside us."

RIM has pushed back the release of its new BB 10 smartphones and new operating system until late 2012, as it is awaiting delivery of a processing chip that can assure extended battery life.

A Toronto design firm has created a mock up of a BlackBerry 10 device, which it has named BlackBerry Blade.