RIM said they would eventually offer developer devices for the BlackBerry 10 platform. Today, RIM has announced they will not only launch the BlackBerry 10 developer tools in beta, but developer attendees will receive a limited edition developer prototype device – the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. However, RIM makes it clear that this is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone – it is a prototype running a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone form factor.  It’s not the final hardware or OS – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming.

The prototype devices will only be offered to BlackBerry 10 Jam developer attendees, as it is a prototype testing device meant specifically for them. It will not be a commercial product and will not be seeded to end users or attendees of BlackBerry World. There is limited capacity for BlackBerry 10 Jam, so developers should register as soon as possible to be part of this amazing opportunity.

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Register for BlackBerry 10 Jam at www.blackberryjamconference.com