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Install BB10 OS onto your Dev Alpha (or Zed10)


If you, like me, are a developer who was lucky enough to get a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha but isn't in an area that has the Zed10 available for purchase yet, you can still enjoy all the awesomeness that is BlackBerry 10!

This morning, our good buddy xSacha leaked an autoloader for BlackBerry 10 OS onto the CrackBerry Forums. For some reason, xSacha released the slightly older

Now, that OS download will work on your Dev Alpha, and install full BlackBerry 10 on it. And let me say, it's pretty freaking awesome.

However, after xSacha's work, and in part thanks to some inspiration from CB forum member borceg, an even newer full BB10 OS is available, and works perfectly on the Dev Alpha as well!

You can get for your DEV ALPHA from here"




This installer has been .zipped to reduce it's size (by some 500mb or so), which should make it easier to download. So far all BB10 features seem to be working on my Dev Alpha A, and on another OSBB member's Dev Alpha B. For some reason it prints your pin on the sides of the device if you have a Dev Alpha A, but IMO that's a small price to pay to get full BB10.

For more OSes, check the OSBB BB10 OS Download Page at

Let us know how the install works for you!


1. Download the OS. Because of the way is set up, you'll probably need Google Chrome to do that.

2. Unzip it.

3. Connect your Dev Alpha to your PC.

4. Run the .exe. You might need to do a hard shut down of your Dev Alpha (hold the power button), disconnect it from your PC, and connect it again.

5. Let it install and go through the setup.

NOTE! If you are presented with an OS update during setup, Skip it!

A few other older OS Autoloaders are also there, and will be added to the OSBB BB10 OS Download list soon.

*Small disclaimer - it's not my or anyone else's fault if this bricks your device or makes your house explode or cats run away. Informational purposes only, etc., etc.

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


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    Does anyone try with Which one works better? or

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    I’ve updated my OS and it turns out the following app cannot be opened:
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    in point 4: when do I need to hard shut down the device? The bb goes back to the original dev alpha after resetting. Nothing changes.

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    help.. im stuck at Incompatible Radio Image Loaded on Device.

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