Want System PlayBook apps on your Dev Alpha? OSBB's got you covered!

(Yes, this is a screenshot of my Dev Alpha)

This post is probably not of interest to anyone who doesn't have a Dev Alpha. To make things easier, I'll start with the download link: http://www.4shared.com/zip/JCrkKCn0/Apps_for_the_Dev_Alpha.html

Once you've started downloading, you can read a quick run through on what works and what doesn't.

If you got a Developer BB10 Alpha, you've undoubtedly noticed by now that there aren't exactly a lot of apps on it. Which is a disappointment, because the device really is amazing (especially considering that it's an alpha device). And like always, just because RIM didn't make everything easy for us doesn't mean that something can't be done!
Shortly after receiving the Dev Alpha I (and others) sideloaded several .bars onto it, which were built for the PlayBook. Much to my astonishment (and delight) many of the system apps for the PlayBook, as well as many other apps and games made for the PlayBook, worked quite well.

I found the following PlayBook system apps to work on the Dev Alpha:

Facebook
Kobo
Press Reader (PRPlaybook)
Slacker
Music (airtunes)
App World (Installs and runs over WiFi but DOES NOT let you download apps!)
Bing Maps (only launches Bing Maps in browser)
Calculator
Calendar
Clock
Contacts
Messages
Pictures
Shutdown button (from PB OS1)
Accessory Store (weblauncher)
GMail (weblauncher)
Twitter (weblauncher; Android one works very well)
Video Player
Voice Recorder
Weather (doesn't fit the screen well at all)
Youtube
Zinio

Keep in mind that some of these apps won't look quite right, but they all work. Unfortunately Docs To Go, Bridge, and several other apps do NOT work, but you can download all the .bars listed above from http://www.4shared.com/zip/JCrkKCn0/Apps_for_the_Dev_Alpha.html.

If you want to use your Dev Alpha for Twitter or sending SMS messages, you can use the android Twitter app for Twitter and the android Google Voice app for SMS.

I also recommend loading localbar2 (http://yohan.es/playbook/localbar2/) on your Dev Alpha; the UI is a little off but it works, and that's what matters.

So if you've got a Dev Alpha, go ahead and unlock some of it's potential, and also build us some awesome BB10 apps!

Shane Cridlebaugh

Co-founder and legal nay-sayer of OSBB. Owner of SCrApps Application Development, WebWorks aficionado, Open Source contributor. SCrid2000 on most blogs. I build awesome BlackBerry apps when I'm not doing legal work or spending time with my wife and two boys.


Follow me on Twitter - @GShaneC

Check out my apps in BlackBerry World

Website: SCrApps.org

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