BlackBerry 10 Developer Program Updated

Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:01am EST

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  BANGKOK, THAILAND, Nov 28 (MARKET WIRE) --
BlackBerry Jam Asia - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM)
today announced updates to its developer ecosystem programs, including
BlackBerry(R) Dev Alpha test devices, the 10k developer commitment,
updated tools and more. These programs continue to drive enthusiasm from
the developer community as they build for the BlackBerry(R) 10 platform.

    "Developers from around the world are joining us on the last leg of the
journey to the launch of BlackBerry 10 and we are thrilled at the
enthusiasm we see from them. We have worked hard, and continue to work
hard to meet the needs of developers," said Alec Saunders, Vice
President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems. "Developers asked for
hardware to test their apps, and we delivered. They asked for the roadmap
about the tools, and we posted it. They asked for RIM to show our
confidence in developer success, and we're doing it. We've continued to
refine and add on to our developer programs to ensure we are giving
developers the best opportunities for success with BlackBerry 10."

    BlackBerry Dev Alpha C 

    The BlackBerry Dev Alpha program is expanding to include a BlackBerry Dev
Alpha C test device for developers who want to test applications on a
BlackBerry 10 device with a physical keyboard. For now, developers can
sign up for more information on how they can qualify for this upcoming
test device. More information is available at:
http://developer.blackberry.com/devalphac

    BlackBerry Dev Alpha Device Swap(i) 

    Developers currently testing their applications on BlackBerry Dev Alpha
test devices can now apply to be eligible for a limited edition
BlackBerry 10 device. RIM will swap a BlackBerry Dev Alpha test device
for a limited edition BlackBerry 10 smartphone after the launch. The
deadline for applying is January 21, 2013 and developers must have an app
submitted and approved on BlackBerry(R) World(TM). More information is
available at: http://developer.blackberry.com/limitededition

    Quality Apps and the BlackBerry 10k Commitment(ii)  

    The Built for BlackBerry(R) certification lab is now open. Developers can
submit their apps for testing to earn the Built for BlackBerry
designation, which will signify a high-level of quality for customers.
Developers can submit an app for Built for BlackBerry certification once
the app has been submitted on BlackBerry(R) World and approved for sale.
Applications need to pass the certification before they can be considered
for the 10k commitment. RIM has previously announced that it would top up
the amount an eligible developer earns on a BlackBerry 10 app to $10,000,
if the app has been approved through the Built for BlackBerry program,
and has earned a minimum of $1,000 over 12 months. More information and
the full Terms and Conditions are available at: http://developer.blackber
ry.com/builtforblackberry/documentation/10kterms.html

    BlackBerry 10 SDK Update 

    The BlackBerry 10 SDKs get their latest update today. The developer
community has been providing feedback on the tools and this update will
add support for installing the BlackBerry 10 IDE on Mac OS X, an update
to the Visual Studio Plug-In beta, forward compatibility for
BlackBerry(R) WebWorks(TM) HTML5 apps, sensor and orientation APIs for
BlackBerry WebWorks, and more. The BlackBerry 10 SDKs will come out of
beta into full launch on December 11, 2012. More information is available
at: http://developer.blackberry.com 

    BlackBerry App Generator Gold Launch

    The BlackBerry(R) App Generator, powered by Mippin, can turn online
content (Rss, Facebook(R) brand/fan pages, blogs, online galleries, etc.)
into a great looking native BlackBerry app within minutes. Apps built
with the BlackBerry App Generator for BlackBerry(R) OS 5, OS 6, OS 7 and
the BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet include social sharing organically,
including BlackBerry(R) Messenger (BBM(TM)) integration. The BlackBerry
App Generator can automatically take current BlackBerry App generator
apps and create a BlackBerry 10 application, and publish it on BlackBerry
World in time for the launch of BlackBerry 10. More information is
available at: http://www.blackberryappgenerator.com/blackberry/ 

    BlackBerry and Appcelerator Offer(i) 

    RIM and Appcelerator are working together to offer developers a unique
opportunity to port their apps with Appcelerator's Titanium(TM) platform
and be rewarded for their efforts. The first 1,000 Appcelerator
developers will receive a BlackBerry(R) Dev Alpha test device once their
applications have been submitted for review on BlackBerry World. Up to
10,000 developers will receive one year of free Appcelerator Cloud
Services and Analytics once their apps are approved and up for sale on
BlackBerry World. More information is available at:
http://www.appcelerator.com/blackberry10 

    Useful Links 

    Appcelerator Press Release -
http://press.rim.com/newsroom/press/2012/appcelerator-blackberry.html

    BlackBerry Developer Community Jam Zone -
http://developer.blackberry.com/jamcommunity/ 

    DevBlog - http://devblog.blackberry.com

    BlackBerry 10 Information Page - www.blackberry.com/blackberry10

    (i) Restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions for complete details. 

    (ii) Restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions for complete details.
All amounts are in U.S. Dollars. 

    About Research In Motion 

    Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation,
revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the
BlackBerry(R) solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services
are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to
the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in
1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North
America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the
NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.


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RIM Public Relations
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