I was thinking we'd hear no news from RIM for the next little bit as we lead up to WES 2010 at the end of the month (attendwes.com for more details), but today they fired off a press release letting everyone know that they have updated some of their Plug-ins and SDKs making it easier for developers to build BlackBerry apps. Check out the press release below for full details and links.
RIM Releases Enhanced Java and Web Development Tools
Updated Plug-ins and SDKs Make It Even Easier to Create Feature-Rich Applications on the BlackBerry Platform
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today released updated Java and Web-based development tools for the BlackBerry(R) platform. The BlackBerry(R) Java Plug-In for Eclipse v1.1 and the BlackBerry(R) Web Plug-in v2.0 offer new capabilities that make it even easier to create feature-rich applications. The BlackBerry(R) Widget SDK (Software Development Kit) v1.0 and the BlackBerry(R) Java SDK v5.0, which includes more than 20,000 APIs, provide unparalleled access to BlackBerry(R) smartphone hardware features, native BlackBerry software applications and other unique system capabilities of the BlackBerry Application Platform.
Using the new tools developers can quickly and easily build web-based BlackBerry Widgets or Java applications that leverage the unique benefits of the BlackBerry Application Platform to seamlessly share information across and interact with core BlackBerry applications or other third party applications. These are personalized and contextualized applications that can integrate with a BlackBerry smartphone's inbox, calendar, address book and other native BlackBerry applications to deliver a highly engaging user experience.
"The BlackBerry Application Platform continues to evolve tremendously and the new tool enhancements make developing applications for BlackBerry smartphones easier and faster than ever," said Alan Brenner, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Platform at Research In Motion. "We believe these enhanced tools will spur a new level of creativity and innovation as developers find new ways to leverage the unique power and integrated nature of the BlackBerry platform in order to bring useful, intelligent applications to the millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the world."
BlackBerry Java Plug-In for Eclipse v1.1
- Enables Java developers to leverage a familiar open source development environment (Eclipse 3.5) to create, debug, profile and simulate their applications using a wide selection of BlackBerry smartphone simulators, actual devices and multiple versions of the BlackBerry(R) OS
- Improved productivity features include the ability to instantly load and immediately run a modified application being debugged without having to reset the simulator or device, providing tremendous time savings
For more information on the Java Plug-in v1.1, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/java11
BlackBerry Web Plug-In v2.0
- BlackBerry Web Plug-ins are now available for both Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio
- New features in the latest 2.0 release include BlackBerry Widget debugging and profiling, support for Eclipse 3.5, and simulator "hot swap" to greatly reduce the time required to test and debug between iterations
For more information on the BlackBerry Web Plug-In v 2.0, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/web20
BlackBerry Java SDK v5.0
- OpenGL ES support for 3D graphics, touch-screen, and accelerometer enables visually stunning interactive 3D games(i)
- Rich multimedia audio and video support, Media Play features, camera zoom and focus, and embedded video capture and audio/video streaming support
- New pre-built UI components (e.g., spin-box fields, file pickers, and screen transitions) enable advanced graphics and built-in animation and increased developer productivity.
- Location Based Services APIs enable cell-site geolocation, GPS, geocoding and reverse geocoding to obtain address and location information
For more information on the Java SDK v5.0, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/java50
BlackBerry Widget SDK v1.0
- Allows third-party applications to access the calendar, contacts, camera, maps, messaging, browser, files, location via cell-tower or GPS, and receive BlackBerry push content via BlackBerry Widget APIs
- Includes navigation support for touch-screen handsets and screen transition and image transition support for BlackBerry Widgets startup and shutdown
- Location-Based Services and SQLite / Google Gears enabled persistent data storage is also available for BlackBerry Widgets.
For more information about the BlackBerry Widget SDK, visit www.blackberry.com/developers/widgets
To learn more about the range of products and services available to the BlackBerry developer community, please visit www.blackberry.com/developers.