Press Release: RIM Launches BlackBerry 10 Platform

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha
By Adam Zeis on 1 May 2012 09:30 am
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Today during BlackBerry World, RIM has made some announcements regarding the BlackBerry 10 platform. They have released the initial version of the developer toolkit for native and HTML5 development. This will certainly be a boost to developers who can now design applications in anticipation of the BlackBerry 10 software that looks to be available both on phones and PlayBook later this year. Any developers attending BlackBerry 10 Jam this week will also receive a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device on which to test their applications. Be sure to check out our full hands-on with the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

Press Release

RIM Launches BlackBerry 10 Platform

Developers get powerful tools in advance to build apps that deliver highly engaging mobile experiences for users

BlackBerry World 2012 / BlackBerry 10 Jam - Orlando, FL - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today unveiled its vision for the BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida released and 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.

"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++ or 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 graphics code.

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

The toolkit also includes support for HTML5 application developers with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorksTM 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/blackberry-10-webworks-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.

Additional Useful Links for Developers:
BlackBerry Jam Zone: http://developer.blackberry.com
@BlackBerryDev: http://www.twitter.com/blackberrydev
Developer Success Stories: https://bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/devzone/whyblackberry/stories

13 comments

3Dee

Woo-hoo! RIMpire :)

Brianjax

Oh great a iphone look a like.

omniusovermind

Oh look you can't read that this isn't the new BB10 phone

boldkeyboardholic

it is a mini Playbook, even this rubberband on the edges etc.

I could imaging that the BB10 Device will look similar to this.

It wouldn't be too bad if it does.

But I'm still wondering how they can create a qwerty(z)-Keyboard device like 9900 with BB10 as for me: when I am buying/using a RIM Smartphone, it has to have the awesome keyboard!

G-bone

Some sort of psychotic break there : you're seeing iphones everywhere.
Seek psychiatric help. There are many fine institutions and trained mental health professionals, and I have no doubt that with proper medications and counseling, you can become a useful member of society.

Liquid_Revolver

It is now your standard iPhone /android and the hypocrites praise it ... Lol

Except when the OS under performs it's not gonna work following the crowd

Rootbrian

BB10 ALPHA DEVICE, not iphone or android.

snksvr

Front iPhone look like, but without home button.
I love it!

siddo_d

I am proud to say I love #teamblackberry

Blackberry_boffin

Okay RIM, bring the big guns out. "Amateur hour is NOW over"

Injection Classique

PRESS RELEASE....worked!!!. Listening to the radio in my car at lunch and heard the news cast mention this news. Nice to finally get some positive news (although I did hear a hint of unexcitment from the announcer...typical media coverage of anything RIM/BB)

zensen

needs more keyboard otherwise im pretty excited about bb10 :)