BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator release notes
New in this release
The following features or applications have been added to this release:
You can access the Hub from the home screen or any app, by swiping up from the bottom bezel and to the right.
BBM and BBM Server
The BBM Server simulator comes bundled with the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator for Windows and Mac. Now you can test your BBM connected app without the need for a BlackBerry 10 device. The BBM Server simulator enables communication between separate instances of BBM that run on the simulator.
- Previous versions of the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator
If you want to test your app on a previous version of the BlackBerry 10 OS, you can download a different version of the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator here. To ensure your app is tested on the correct OS, download the simulator version that has a build number matching the BlackBerry 10 OS version number (accessible from the Settings > About > OS screen on your BlackBerry 10 device).
Fixed in this release
Installing the simulator failed on a Mac when the Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy Files 7 were already installed.
The simulator had no sound. Adjusting the volume did not correct this. This problem did not apply to Android apps.
In the C++ spell checker API, SpellChecker::checkWord and SpellChecker::suggestions did not work as expected on the simulator.
There was no support on the simulator for SD cards, although the BlackBerry 10 device does support SD cards.
When you installed the simulator on Mac OS X Mountain Lion version 10.8, you would have seen the following error: "installer-simulator is damaged and can't be opened. You should eject the disk image."
The mouse driver has been improved to provide seamless cursor movement in and out of the simulator. You no longer have to enter Ctrl+Alt to exit the simulator.
If you change the default CPU setting to use multiple processor cores, the simulator may boot to a black screen and become unusable.
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
Subsequent launches of BlackBerry Messenger with the BlackBerry Messenger Simulator will be successful.
The MapView API uses port 8128 to download its map data. So, if it's rendering a black screen, ensure your firewall rules allow TCP traffic on port 8128.
Running WebGL conformance tests on the simulator fails the browser test.
When the camera application takes a picture, the screen turns black. The user can use the camera_take_photo() and camera_roll_open_photo() to retrieve a JPEG image in RGB format.
The simulator does not currently support phone simulation.
When using an integrated graphics GPU, such as Intel, after rotating the device you can see distortion on the black bezel. The bezel is never redrawn and these artifacts stay on the bezel.
Although the simulator supports audio, it does not support video editing, playback, video recording or local playback of any streaming service.
When the simulator is installed and started in safe mode, the Android Runtime is not functional. When the simulator is installed and started in safe mode, the home screen sometimes lags and gets very choppy. If the simulator is abnormally slow to start in safe mode, you should power down and enable two processor cores in VMware. Note that this does not occur when the simulator is started as a BlackBerry 10 device.
If you scroll vertically in the simulator while in landscape mode, you may notice either "stretching" of the screen or black squares on the screen, depending on the version of VMware you are running. The artifacts disappear when a screen update is forced, which can be done by clicking on the screen. This is an issue caused by the VMware Player.
If you lock your Windows XP computer while running the simulator, VMware will stop updating the screen when you unlock the computer. You must restart the simulator after you unlock your computer.
The simulator fails to navigate to a webpage containing Adobe Flash content when using the BlackBerry Browser. Webpages without Flash content are loaded without error. Webpages with Flash content begin to load the page; however, the BlackBerry Browser closes without loading anything. Note that Flash is disabled in the simulator.
Missing applications or features
- BlackBerry Protect
- Media sharing
- Multiple processor cores in VMware Player
- Parental controls
- Payment options
- Remote log collection
- Security wipe
- Support for touch events in the simulator