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BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 to be made available soon

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BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 to be made available soon

Now that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series has been announced, along with BlackBerry 7 a whole subset of features are going to be rolled out. While the environment itself is not much of a stray from the current BlackBerry smartphone SDK it does offer a whole new set of API to make use of as well as, a whole new subset of features in which developers can leverage to make their applications better. Looking at the new features developers will have have access to:

  • OpenGL ES 2.0, taking advantage of the new graphics chip, allows you to create games rich in compelling graphics.
  • Window Manager API, also taking advantage of the new graphics chip and increased device horsepower, allows you to overlay OpenGL or any other UI component on top of anything you want, including camera and video.
  • Compass APIs, taking advantage of the new magnetometer sensor, allows you to determine the device’s orientation and direction. When combined with Window Manager API, enables the creation of augmented reality applications.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) APIs, taking advantage of the new NFC radio, allows you to read and emulate virtual tags and create rich solutions for payment and m-commerce.
  • Video capture APIs updated with support for HD video recording, taking advantage of the improved camera, allows your application to provide the user with the same high end media experience they get from the core apps.

Quite a wide array there but -- that's not all that is coming with the new SDK, make sure you jump on past the break for more items that are geared toward deeper integration with in apps.