Are you getting a BlackBerry Priv? The Android-running smartphone opened for pre-orders late last week, with shipments set to start going out by the end of the first week of November. While we’re pretty darn excited to see the Priv finally becoming reality (after all, who didn’t raise a doubting eyebrow when those BlackBerry Android rumors first started circulating?), maybe not everybody is feeling so enthusiastic: what about loyal BlackBerry devs? After all, with the emphasis BlackBerry appears to be placing on expectations for Priv sales, it would be easy to wonder if the company was about to put BlackBerry 10 OS on the back burner. As if right on cue to help allay those fears, BlackBerry’s reaching out to devs to talk about its plans going forward, including a 10.3.3 release for early next year.
The company is clear as can be in its message that support for existing BlackBerry 10 development environments isn’t going away anytime soon, and while there aren’t any plans currently on schedule to spice things up further with the release of new BB10 SDKs or APIs, those may well arrive further down the line.
Android runtime support will similarly continue for devs looking to keep one foot in both pools, and the arrival of a pure-Android BlackBerry isn’t going to do anything to affect packaging of existing Android apps for BB10 release.
BlackBerry acknowledges that while big changes are afoot for its mobile platform strategy, the company’s “commitment to our developer community is unwavering.”