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RIM Launches BlackBerry 10 Platform [Video]

RIM Launches BlackBerry 10 Platform [Video]

Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:20pm by iClarified · 12451 views
Research In Motion today unveiled its vision for the BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida and released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development. The toolkit is available in beta as a free download from http://developer.blackberry.com.

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"BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world today," said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development. "Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and 'wow' customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform."

"There is tremendous interest, anticipation and momentum building toward the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices, and today we're extremely excited to release the BlackBerry 10 developer beta tools for general use," said Christopher Smith, Vice President, Handheld Application Platform and Tools at Research In Motion. "Developers can use this first beta of the tools to get started building apps for BlackBerry 10 and as the tools evolve over the coming months, developers will have access to a rich API set that will allow them to build even more integrated apps. The toolkit we are delivering today also meets developers on their own terms. Whether using the powerful Cascades framework, writing direct native code or developing in HTML5, BlackBerry 10 will empower developers to create attractive and compelling apps that excite customers."

The toolkit includes the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK with Cascades, which allows developers to create graphically rich, high performance native applications in C/C++ using Qt. The Native SDK for BlackBerry 10 has a rich set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that give developers access to core device features and a range of BlackBerry application services, such as Push and Payment services. Cascades is a powerful native application development toolset that allows developers to easily build visually stunning applications without having to write complex, low-level graphics code.

More details about the NDK for BlackBerry 10 are posted on http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/04/b ... native-sdk and for Cascades at http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/04/b ... ilable-now.

The toolkit also includes support for HTML5 application developers with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, allowing them to create native-like applications using common web programming technologies. The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK allows developers to use HTML5 and CSS for building apps and provides JavaScript bindings to native device APIs along with RIM's open source UI toolkit, bbUI.js, to create applications with native-like capabilities. In this initial release of the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, developers have access to a core subset of the full WebWorks APIs, including Identity, Application and App events, System and system events. More details about the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK are posted on http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/04/b ... bworks-sdk.

Applications created with any of the BlackBerry 10 tools will run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones as well as BlackBerry PlayBook tablets when the new platform becomes available for the PlayBook. All of the SDKs will be updated to give developers access to more of the BlackBerry 10 unique capabilities over the coming months.

To further help developers get started on the BlackBerry 10 platform, BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees are being provided a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. This testing unit is a further commitment from RIM to provide the developer community with the tools they need to build successful applications for BlackBerry 10 devices, so that they are ready when the first BlackBerry 10 devices are expected to launch in the latter part of 2012.

The NDK for BlackBerry 10, including Cascades, is available for download at http://developer.blackberry.com/native/download.

The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK is available at http://developer.blackberry.com/html5/download.
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Check out the video below shown by Thorsten Heins during the BlackBerry World 2012 keynote general session that shares a first look at some of what's being built for the BlackBerry 10 platform.


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ratGT
ratGT - May 2, 2012 at 9:34am
Initial impression... positive. Based on what I saw on the video (we got to see the rest of the OS to get the whole picture), I got to hand it to RIM for originality... Well, except that AirPlay thingy! Well, I really hope that BlackBerry 10 OS will put RIM back on track, because I can not accept the fact Android is the only REAL competitor against iOS (forget MS WP7 at the current state), because that's NOT healthy for the market and its consumers.
Brandon
Brandon - May 2, 2012 at 12:27am
Oh great another product apple will be suing for it looks a lot like the iPhone 4 and 4s and we all know how apple loves sueing other companies xD
nir-hus
nir-hus - May 1, 2012 at 9:06pm
good luck, they used to have a great product...
Adrian
Adrian - May 1, 2012 at 6:02pm
Remember this is a developer preview phone :), great features
Tony
Tony - May 1, 2012 at 4:00pm
I think RIM is a little bit late to get into the touch screen devices.
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