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BlackBerry releases 10.2 Gold Simulator with Bluetooth and Jelly Bean 4.2 support plus 3D controller

BlackBerry has released the latest version of its BlackBerry 10 simulator, '10.2 Gold', with "a heap of new improvements and features".

The updates for the programme, which is designed for developers to create and test apps, include Bluetooth compatibility and support for Android Jelly Bean 4.2, allowing Android as well as BlackBerry developers to use the tool.

Bluetooth support will allow users to pair a device, keyboard and mouse, as well as other Bluetooth enabled hardware, with the simulator in a move aimed at making the development process smoother.

Another big update is a complete redesign of the simulator controller, which includes an interactive 3D view of a BlackBerry when simulating orientation. The camera application is now also built into the simulator.

"Developers can either take pictures of custom images injected into the viewfinder or just use the default scrolling bars. We are working on adding more camera features, such as injecting QR codes via the controller, so keep an eye out for future releases," said BlackBerry's Daryl Martin in a blog post outlining the updates.

Martin also explained that most features in the new simulator are Hardware Accelerated (as is Jelly Bean), which means that 60FPS is available for all apps made through the simulator.

"This did require us to update our version of Mesa to 9.1.2, so there have been numerous improvements in our OpenGL support along the way," added Martin.

The full release notes can be viewed on BlackBerry Developer, where the simulator is available now.