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Beleaguered mobile phone maker RIM is offering a new test device, The Dev Alpha C which has a QWERTY keypad and has been custom made for developers. RIM has made this special Test device specifically for developers who can make apps for the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform.
Earlier in an event in May, Research in Motion had given a touchscreen based smartphone christened Dev Alpha to Developers. Again on November 29th it rewarded select developers who had submitted two or more applications for BlackBerry 10 with a new Dev Alpha C, which is a touchscreen based smartphone with a QWERTY keypad.
RIM claims that the devices have been given to developers to adjust, debug and test the new BlackBerry Apps and learn from the experience gained. RIM was quick to clarify that the device is by no means a representation of the BlackBerry 10 devices which are going to be released. In all RIM has distributed about 7500 Dev Alpha Handsets and also indicated that it will also offer a few Dev Alpha C units.
In its post RIM said, “We’re only producing a limited number of these testing devices. Those who have developed two or more apps will be given priority seeding for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C.”
RIM has also created a unique point based system and developers who got the maximum points will get these Dev Alpha C units. If the developer has developed an App to be ported with Android, he gets 50 points. For developing Apps in other applications such as Native, BlackBerry WebWorks, Adobe Air, the developer gets 250 points. Developers who develop apps with a Built for BlackBerry certified application get 1,500 points. The BlackBerry Elite members and the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A/B recipients start the tally with 200 points.
The Dev Alpha C offer from RIM starts on December 1st and ends on Feb. 5, 2013.
Earlier this month RIM had announced that it is going to officially introduce a new platform as well as two smartphones on January 30th. Of the two smartphones, one will have a QWERTY keypad while the other will feature an ordinary Keypad.