RIM is throwing its BlackBerry 10 Jam in May, a developer’s conference taking place in Orlando, FL. Developers attending the event will get to learn more about the upcoming new platform, which we’re expecting to see launch later this year. We’ve just learned that attendees will be receiving a special device to help them get started developing for BlackBerry 10; will this be the first BlackBerry 10 hardware to arrive?
According to VP Alec Saunders, RIM will be giving devs at the Jam what it calls the “Berry 10 Dev Alpha”. That sounds very much like it should be an early BB10 device, but that’s not exactly the case. We know very little about the handset’s actual hardware, but its software will definitely not be BlackBerry 10. Instead, it’s going to run some custom hack of the PlayBook OS for a smartphone.
RIM says that developers will be able to use these phones, even without BlackBerry 10’s presence, to start preparing apps for the platform once it’s finally ready to go. As the PlayBook OS is similarly based on QNX, it makes sense that RIM could go with it as a stopgap measure. We’re just a little concerned, though, that the company seems to be jumping through quite a few hoops in order to get something BlackBerry 10-y into the hands of devs instead of just having an alpha or beta build of the actual OS to share. Maybe we’ll see something like that in a couple months, but apparently this will be the closest thing around for the time being.