BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha updated to version – Includes BlackBerry Messenger!

As was promised at today’s BlackBerry Jam Americas General Session, the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha has received a major update. This release brings the Dev Alpha device to version 10.0.9 Bundle 388 and is packed with a bunch of great features.

This release offers your first peek at our BlackBerry 10 OS experience, including some of our core apps and new gestures! The following apps and screens are available in this release:

  • BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)
  • BlackBerry App World storefront (purchases are disabled)
  • Browser
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Games
  • Home screen
  • Lock screen
  • Out of the box experience
  • Settings

The process for getting this update is a little bit different than previous releases and it has caused some confusion. It isn’t hard to do, but it does require the use of new tools to prepare your Dev Alpha for the update. Those tools, as well as a complete list of detailed instructions on how to update the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha are available from the BlackBerry Developer website. Unfortunately, a Mac OS X version is not available at this time. Users wishing to upgrade will need to either locate a Windows compatible machine or use Windows running in a virtual environment.

Try to remain patient if you don’t see the update right away, as it may still be rolling out. Also, once you have started the update, I recommend walking away from your Dev Alpha and just leaving it to do its thing for awhile. The green progress bar on this update took nearly 2 hours to fill for me. It moved very slowly, but it was working. Whatever you do – DO NOT assume it has frozen and close out of everything. Other developers have reportedly bricked their Dev Alphas that way.