BlackBerry developer roadmaps updated - 10.2 SDK beta coming in June

By Bla1ze on 14 May 2013 02:39 pm
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Sitting in on the BlackBerry Jam keynote, BlackBerry has announced a few updates for developers and laid out their plans for some upcoming updates. All of the BlackBerry developer roadmaps have been updated, BlackBerry 10.2 will see a beta SDK roll out and in June and for those who've been wondering about the Android app player, BlackBerry once again confirmed the update to Android 4.2.2 is still planned. Some of the highlights that developers will soon have access to tap into once the SDK's roll out:

  • USB Host
  • WiFi direct
  • Miracast
  • Altimeter
  • Smartcard support
  • Headless app support
  • Geofencing
  • Analytics

The headless app solution and USB host have been long awaited and the the other additions, like Miracast, WiFi direct, geofencing and analytics (Flurry) are certainly welcome changes as well. You can check out the full developer roadmaps via the BlackBerry developer site.

Learn more via the BlackBerry developer page

55 comments

Ukemochi

Sweet!!!!!

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morpho4444

You are not a developer Bla1ze!

Ukemochi

Headless app support is where it is at!!!

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mr_zed10

Usb host! Yes!

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EAZ10

I'm not a developer... what is meant with usb host? advanteges?

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codemaker

It means that instead of connecting your device to a computer, you can connect it to other devices, with your device being the computer "host".

Masahiro

Does this mean 3rd party accessories (e.g. microUSB speakers)?

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k8bushlover

access to other devices/interfaces via USB (no longer just for charging and transferring files)

sibeans

Wow, now I can really put the thinkpad to rest!

BB10_fan1

So with USB host and miracast - this truely allows for mobile computing in my mind. However I am not a tech guy and thus have two questions. 1) Can usb host take a usb hub (I.e to support multiple usb items at one itme, keyboard, mouse and thum drive)? 2) what is the typical length of time for a developer release to make it into an OS release?
Thanks,

dan1289

Bluetooth?

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HasKam

What about hub integration?

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its my life

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Kris Simundson

Epic, can't wait to update my enviroment next month

jon4400

But I just got 10.1 :O
This goes to show BlackBerry dedication to the platform.

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JoBudden

Anyone else see june for the jelly bean run time support in june in the pic or is that just me.

MeerMusik

Nope. You are not alone. I see it too

SirJes

Where? Lol

Flicked From CB10 On My Z10

MeerMusik

The Picture on the far right side - first line of text. But here is a Link where You can see it clearly:
https://developer.blackberry.com/android/tools/roadmap/

Hint: You can click on a Feature for more Infos.

But as Version "A8" says: Its just the 10.2 Beta. No one knows when a real/final/working Version of the 10.2 OS is coming to the Carriers. Maybe Autumn/Winter(?). I think we will see some nice 10.2 OS Beta Leaks until then... #HelloLBFE ;)

Edit: Here again the Link for native/cascade features:
https://developer.blackberry.com/native/downloads/roadmap/

Havent looked at the other Programming Languages Roadmaps yet.

Greetings and forgive my bad english
Oliver

gooz89

I dont know which I am more excited for Headless Apps, Android 4.2.2, or USB Host.

All going to be amazing features that will help elevate BB10. Now just need OS updates directly from BlackBerry so we can get it soon than the US Carriers seem to want to push things out.

mckillio

So I get what USB Hosting is/does but what are some practical applications of it? And what is geofencing?

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lTatis

You can get an adapter online, then with usb hosting you can connect a usb device your phone such as a flash drive or a game controller if your running an emulator

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DJRikko

They talked about this in a previous article like 20 minutes ago... but essentially it is functions based on where you are. like for example, and anyone correct me if I'm wrong, but imagine walking into a movie theater and your phone realizes that and then automatically goes into silent mode.

This would be a great tool for marketing and promotions! I'm an advertising grad, and I know that if I had a business, I would have promotions or coupons activated or pushed when people walk into the store. Not sure that this is possible yet, but the possibilities are endless. Much better than having to always open an app to see where there are deals going on.

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Timothy Cox

This is possible, speaking only from IOS experience at this point, geofencing works for reminders and in the passbook app, Starbucks as just one example and other retailers, coupons open when you are located at their establishment, the example of the movie theatre would be a nice use of the application, geofencing will make the OS experience more interesting and enjoyable.

VR6

with ANALYTICS can you make apps that tell you about your phone usage like battery usage, data usage, app usage and things like this?

mkmilan

Any word on Playbook?

MeerMusik

Heres a Part of the Roadmap - took me some time to find it:
https://developer.blackberry.com/native/downloads/roadmap/

heyjohnnybravo

August for all the good stuff :(

Oh well. Patience is a virtue!

sayf777

Usb host :)

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dejanh

10.1 what? I want 10.2. USB host, headless apps, JB 4.2.2, wow! I can't wait!

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sibeans

It seems that a majority of the milestones are set for June and I smell an awesome q10 US launch! This is pretty impressive since bb10 was launched not too long ago, and amazing at what speed the OS is maturing...

Prince Radebe

Exactly what BlackBerry should be doing, keep the momentum going... excitement over mobile computing

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heri16

Love the lineup of new capabilities... many great apps held back by them.

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mckillio

Here is the new Android road map, http://developer.blackberry.com/android/tools/roadmap/ There's more to teh 10.2 road map than the article states as well. I'm looking forward to 10.2 much more than 10.1

bobo616

Does it mention about notification improvements anywhere in the road maps such as individual contacts sms tones?

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SplatHead

Looks like June is the month BB10 takes off...

John Pawling

Now I call this "Keep Movin' ". Very happy at the SDK features in 10.2 :)

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TiLite

With the Smartcard support we can built solutions for our enterprise customers.

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ShadowBlazes

When will they put in Emojis -.-

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hazarder

Agh what a day

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ofutur

HW acceleration for Jelly Bean apps, now we're talking.
Current Android ports are just too slow.

BlackBerry always makes at least one wrong compromise when designing a device. This year, it's the oled screen of the Q10

WigglePig

To be fair, the development road map looks superb, lots of potential for excellent features.

BUT, and it's a biggie, while the OS updates are controlled by the networks, all of the talk about jolly nice features is academic; it takes a ridiculously long time for a lot of the networks to push the updates.

Why do the networks have this control over the devices WE buy?

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FLachance

You must be on the wrong network because I got 10.1 today.

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vgorous

Not a big fan of these android player bit.

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MasterOfBinary

Not mentioned in the article is screen services: in Aug. it will be possible to make screenshot apps and cool stuff like that.

jrdba

Does the Android 4.2.2 update mean that newer versions of Android apps can be side loaded to BB10?

Smiley88

WTF? Where is the phone and call Log apis?

DementedJohn

Any idea when we will have exfat support for our SD Cards?

Since 10.1 I haven't formatted my SD Card to try.

thedustytaco

w8 wouldnt it be sad if google releases before the runtime for jellybean for some new os like candybar or something stupid, then the runtime wouldnt be able to run the apps

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kraschute

And what about an updated SDK for the Playbook? It's time to tell us a YES or NO!

sayf777

BlackBerry dock mentioned under USB host for the native road map

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