BlackBerry kicks off new app drive ahead of Q10 launch

Keyboard-friendly dev kits issued at BlackBerry Jam Europe

Devs get QWERTY Dev Alpha C ahead of BlackBerry Q10 launch

Now the BlackBerry Z10 is out of the way the Canadian firm can focus its effort on its next device: the BlackBerry Q10, which sports that iconic keyboard as well as the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Back in November we saw reports that the Dev Alpha C device was in the works and that it would be limited to just 1,500 units for BlackBerry's most trusted developers to aid them in fine tuning their apps for the Q10.

BlackBerry officially announced the Dev Alpha C and accompanying SDK yesterday at its Jam Europe event in Amsterdam.

It tweeted: "BlackBerry launches new Dev Alpha C program so devs can begin to build apps optimized for the physical keyboard devices."

Time for a redesign

The upcoming BlackBerry Q10 device will require developers to alter the size of their applications to fit on the square 720 x 720 display - thought to be around 3.1-inches - as well as provide support for the physical keyboard.

There's still no word on the BlackBerry Q10 release date and we're sure BlackBerry will be keen to have most, if not all, the apps currently present in BlackBerry World optimised for the handset before it does go on sale.

You can find out what we made of the QWERTY keyboard toting handset in our hands on BlackBerry Q10 review.

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