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Release notes

New in this release of the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator

The following features or applications have been added to this release:

  • A Classic section now appears in the controller to simulate devices that feature a trackpad and navigation keys.

Fixed in this release


If you added a Facebook account using the Facebook app on the simulator, the account did not appear in the Settings > Accounts list.


Bluetooth dongles attached to the simulator's host computer sometimes switched off unexpectedly.


Running WebGL conformance tests on the simulator failed the browser test.


The battery charging indicator would not appear beside the battery indicator during a simulated battery charge.


When the simulator was booted in safe mode, the status bar sometimes failed to appear on screen.


The simulator screen might have become distorted after a long period of continual use.


The simulator now uses the touch event control scheme by default instead of the mouse control scheme.

Known issues


Using QThreadPool::maxThreadCount() always returns a value of 1, while the device might return 2-4. The simulator supports a single core by default, and adjusting the simulator to use multiple cores might cause unexpected stability issues.


Tapping the lower right of the simulator frame does not change the orientation of the screen as expected.


Tapping the lower left of the simulator frame does not show or hide the on-screen keyboard as expected.


Release does not feature a device simulator. Please download and use the latest simulator on the Installing the simulator page.


The simulator fails to rotate when you swipe from the bottom right of the simulator screen, or attempt to rotate the device using the controller. Apps that are set to run in landscape mode only do not load.


Occasionally, the simulator displays a red x and an unknown error message in the top right-hand corner of the home screen that indicates no connection to a wireless network. This message is erroneous and does not reflect connectivity status.


The Camera app becomes unresponsive if you change the Shooting mode setting to HDR or Burst. A reset does not resolve this issue.


When you tap a text input area on the simulator, the on-screen keyboard may not appear automatically. If this happens, tap the lower left corner of the simulator screen to show the keyboard.


If you're running VMware 3.0 or earlier, the simulator may not display as expected.

For Windows, make sure you have VMware Player 3.1 or later.

For Mac systems, download  VMware Fusion 3.1 or later.


Launching apps by dragging and dropping the .bar file into the controller as described here is not supported in this release.


The BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator does not work with the Windows 8 SDK.


If you connect to BlackBerry ID through BlackBerry World, and then connect to BlackBerry Messenger, the simulator stays locked in a connecting state.

There are two workarounds for this issue:

  • Connect to BlackBerry Messenger before connecting to BlackBerry World.
  • While BlackBerry Messenger is locked in a connecting state, go to Settings > BlackBerry ID, and then log in to BlackBerry ID.

    Subsequent launches of BlackBerry Messenger will be successful.


The simulator fails to navigate to a web page containing Adobe Flash content when using the BlackBerry Browser. Web pages without Flash content are loaded without error. Web pages with Flash content begin to load the page; however, the BlackBerry Browser closes without loading anything.

Missing applications or features

The following applications or features are not currently available on the simulator:
  • Voice control
  • BlackBerry Link
  • BlackBerry Protect
  • BlackBerry World
  • Media sharing
  • Payment options
  • Backup
  • Multiple processor cores in VMware Player
  • Parental controls
  • Remote log collection
  • Security wipe
  • Video camera

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