The launch for the BlackBerry Classic is drawing nearer. We can likely expect the Classic to release sometime in November. BlackBerry is contacting developers to let them know they will automatically get their apps ready, if there’s a Q10 compatible version.
Here’s what BlackBerry is telling developers:
The much anticipated BlackBerry Classic will soon join the smartphone product line as BlackBerry’s latest QWERTY device. The new design heralds the return of the classic trackpad and hard buttons, features cherished by BlackBerry QWERTY loyalists. It also offers a gleaming touchscreen display, 720 x 720 screen resolution, 1:1 aspect ratio and supports BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1.
As the release of the BlackBerry Classic approaches, we want to ensure that your apps will be part of the new product launch. To test your existing apps for BlackBerry Classic support, download the BlackBerry 10 Native Beta SDK, 10.3.1 simulator and required development tools. Consult “The Return of the Classic” blog for an overview of some SDK features and interactions to help you support the BlackBerry Classic. The great news for you is that most apps that support the BlackBerry Q10 will also function seamlessly on the new smartphone.
For your convenience, we will be automatically expanding your device support to include the BlackBerry Classic for your apps that currently support the BlackBerry Q10.
However, developers have the ability to opt out. The deadline to opt out of having their apps supported on the Classic is by Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern.