BlackBerry 10.1 Simulator Gets Huge Overhaul for Developers

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Developers testing out their BlackBerry 10 apps in the simulator just received a big gift from BlackBerry. BlackBerry has overhauled the simulator with loads of improvements making it much closer to a real device. Best of all BlackBerry has combined the simulators for the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 into one. When you boot the simulator it will ask if you want to boot to:

  1. BlackBerry 10 All-Touch [1280×768]
  2. BlackBerry 10 Keyboard [720×720]

That in of itself is huge but BlackBerry has taken it further with the following changes:

  • You will now get tooltips on boot telling you how you can improve simulator performance
  • Multi-Touch input can now be simulated with up to 10 individual touch patterns. This means you can do pinch to zoom and other multi finger gestures. More here.
  • They have also added more simulated events with automatic simulator connection, incoming and outgoing phone calls, mouse mode selection for touch events.
  • BlackBerry has also added the following core apps to the simulator on top of the main ones that they already had including but not limited to:
    • Calculator
    • Facebook
    • File Manager
    • Games
    • Help
    • Maps
    • Pictures
    • Remember
    • Smart Tags
    • YouTube
    • Weather

    You can pick up the latest Simulator for BlackBerry OS 10.1 here or check out the release notes.

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