Developer Momentum for BlackBerry 10 Continues to Grow
During the BlackBerry Jam Americas conference in San Jose this week, Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) showcased the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform and demonstrated the key differentiators that developers are leveraging to create apps that engage and delight customers.
Visually stunning BlackBerry 10 applications from Cisco, Foursquare, Sencha, Gameloft, Halfbrick Studios, Madfinger Games and Funkoi were revealed, demonstrating applications that are feature rich and integrated with core functions of BlackBerry 10 and embracing the seamless flow that only BlackBerry 10 provides. A replay of the keynote is available for viewing here: http://bbry.lv/NOGTVO
A recent survey conducted by RIM, of the BlackBerry developers using the 5,000 Dev Alpha test devices distributed during the BlackBerry Jam World Tour, found that 99 per cent of respondents had already started BlackBerry 10 projects.
“The response to BlackBerry 10 on all levels has been incredible and developers have certainly embraced this new platform and are taking early advantage of the tools and support we are providing to them. Our community is telling us about apps from every category that look and feel just amazing,” said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems at Research In Motion. “With our new SDK build now available, applications can really take advantage of our integration and sharing features. This really allows that heightened level of differentiation for apps that platform providers should be bringing to their communities.”
The SDKs for BlackBerry 10 were updated yesterday to bring more collaboration, native feature integration and app sharing opportunities. This update makes the native SDK API-complete and enhances the HTML5 toolset, BlackBerry WebWorks. Further updates were also made to Adobe AIR and Android runtimes. More information can be found here: http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/09/flight-arrival-boards-roadmap-update/
The BlackBerry Dev Alpha testing units also received an OS update that allows developers to take advantage of the Beta 3 version of the SDKs. BlackBerry developers can now leverage APIs that can integrate with core apps contacts, calendar, BlackBerry Messenger and the BlackBerry Hub and more while they build their applications.