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Posts: 6
Registered: ‎07-26-2012
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subsidised hardware

hello world!

This is my first post, so please be kind. I am an android developer and I am interested in developing for the blackberry platform. I would like to port some of my existing android apps over to blackberry, but I do not have a device to test on and I do not use emulators. So I would like to know if there is currently a program to provide developers with subsidised hardware. If such a program does not exist, would this be something that may be considered in the future.

Thanks 

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Posts: 42
Registered: ‎01-07-2011
My Device: BB Q10, Z10, Playbook
My Carrier: Telus

Re: subsidised hardware

RIM provides simulators at https://developer.blackberry.com/android/tools/ . They can provide a good indication if your app will start at all and basic ideas how it is going to work, as there are a lot of limitations compare to full Android SDK. I consider it a good starting point before making a major effort into porting your app to this platform.

 

Regards,

 

Sergey

 

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Re: subsidised hardware

Thanks for taking the time to reply, but emulation no matter how you look at it is not as effective as real hardware. I already know where to find the ,"simulators," but what I need is hardware. I use 5 android devices for development and an iphone I can't afford anymore devices if I have to purchase them at full cost. And that is why I'm asking about a subsidised hardware program. I think with a subsidised hardware program developers would flock to the platform and be more motivated to port existing apps. This would be an advantage for RIM in offering this kind of program as more developers means more apps and more apps means more choice for end users.

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Posts: 42
Registered: ‎01-07-2011
My Device: BB Q10, Z10, Playbook
My Carrier: Telus

Re: subsidized hardware

I agree with you that simulator is not a replacement for the real device and I agree that such program may help RIM with add more developers. But as I said BB10/Playbook have significant constraints for Android apps. Make sure you are not using APIs, that are not supported by BB10.

In my case I'd like to build apps which will require voice recognition and Bluetooth communications. But at this point Android SDK for BB10/Playbook has no support for them.

 

Regards,

 

Sergey

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Posts: 1,560
Registered: ‎07-14-2008
My Device: Z10
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Re: subsidised hardware

RIM doesn't offer developers any discount on hardware.  I'm sure you can easily purchase any used BB on ebay for cheap.  Simulator is good to test your app first.  You can then ask users to test your app.

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Registered: ‎04-11-2012
My Device: Bold 9900
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: subsidised hardware

Hi,

 

If you dont mind, send me a dm and i can test your app out for you. You should try to see if you can attend one of the remaining jam world tour locations (they will give out dev alphas that run an OS similar to playbook and can run playbook apps).


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Posts: 6,541
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: HTC One, PlayBook, LE Z10, DE Q10
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Re: subsidised hardware

The simulators for the BB10 and PlayBook are pretty good. If you are just starting out on BB apps, that is your best bet and lowest cost solution. If your app is a game, that may be all you need. If you app uses any of the sensors, then obtaining a device will help for that aspect.
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Re: subsidised hardware

Lots of good advice, I definetly appreciate it. I'll give the simulator a trial not ideal but I guess there is no other option. So where can I get the Linux version of the simulator its not available here https://developer.blackberry.com/android/tool . 

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Re: subsidised hardware

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Re: subsidised hardware


thecodegenius wrote:

Lots of good advice, I definetly appreciate it. I'll give the simulator a trial not ideal but I guess there is no other option. So where can I get the Linux version of the simulator its not available here https://developer.blackberry.com/android/tool . 


BlackBerry Simulators will not work on Linux (At least they did not when I checked last time)

 

And unlike Android and iPhone, the BlackBerry simulators perfectly emulate the device behaviour. You will rarely need the actual device for simpler apps and games.