Release notes

New in this release of the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator

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

  • There is a new controller for the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator.
  • Support for the holster.
  • Support for the Camera, as well as picture injection into view finder.
  • If your app supports scanning for QR codes or barcodes, you can create the codes in the Controller, and upload them to the Camera to simulate scanning.
  • Support for Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).
  • Bluetooth support.

    You can use the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator version 10.2 to test your apps with Bluetooth connectivity through an internal adapter or a connected dongle.

Fixed in this release


When the simulator was in safe mode, the web browser may have become unstable or crashed on certain pages.


When you launched your first Android application in the simulator, it would take a relatively long time for the Android application to start.


For some installations, when you launched the simulator and selected Network Connections from the Settings menu, the expected list didn't open.


When an NFC tag was presented to the simulator, the error message "No NFC applications available for tag" failed to display to acknowledge the tag.


On a Linux computer, when you opened the Controller, the background (wallpaper) was white, not the expected background.


When the simulator was installed and started in safe mode, the Runtime for Android was not functional. Android is now fully functional in the simulator.


When the simulator was in safe mode, the web browser may have become unstable or crashed on certain pages.


Images were not resizing correctly on the BlackBerry Q10 Device Simulator.


In the Geolocation Controller, if you entered a negative longitude or latitude, you could only enter one digit after the decimal.


Flickering and ghost images appeared at the bottom of the Simulator screen.


The BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator for Verizon may not have launched if you had video drivers installed that don't support VMware.


You could not simulate an outgoing call.


Starting an app and minimizing it right away sometimes crashed the simulator.


when you set up a call from the Controller to the simulator, the Accept button was not available to answer the call.

Known issues


When you tap a text input area on the simulator, the touch 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.


Some Android apps may stop responding immediately after starting. Restarting the simulator may resolve the problem.


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.


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


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
  • Media sharing
  • Payment options
  • Backup
  • Multiple processor cores in VMware Player
  • Parental controls
  • Remote log collection
  • Security wipe
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