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Blackberry adds Q10 SDK support for developers

Lets developers tailor apps for Blackberry 10 Qwerty phones
Tue Feb 05 2013, 15:37
Blackberry Jam Europe key note

AMSTERDAM: CANADIAN PHONE FIRM Blackberry updated its Blackberry 10 operating system (OS) software development kit (SDK) today, which allows developers to begin modifying their apps for the firm's Q10 smartphone that features a Qwerty keyboard.

The update is being offered exclusively to developers at the Blackberry JAM Europe event via a prototype named Alpha C Qwerty. Blackberry said the update means that development runtime code will have proper support for the upcoming Q10 smartphone that has a traditional Qwerty keyboard, and provides simulators so developers can start testing their applications on the square 720x720 resolution screen.

Speaking at the Blackberry Jam Europe conference held in Amsterdam today, Blackberry said that although the release brings with it an updated Q10 simulator, there is no SDK OS update for the Blackberry Dev Alpha testing device.

"The focus of these SDK updates is not on net new functionality, but instead around updates needed to support the 1:1 form factor, and screen resolution, allowing you to easily build a single application for both the full touch and physical keyboard devices," Blackberry said.

The smartphone maker is hoping the lab sessions at Blackberry Jam Europe will allow developers to test the software and thus learn how to provide a single application for both the Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10 devices with "very little effort".

Blackberry unveiled its Q10 smartphone with a traditional Qwerty keyboard at a launch event in London last week. Though specifics are still thin on the ground, we know that it also features a 3.1in display and will have 4G LTE support. µ


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