• RIM Launches BlackBerry 10 Platform



    Press release:

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


    Orlando, FL - BlackBerry World 2012 / BlackBerry 10 Jam - 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 and released 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++ using 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 complex, low-level graphics code.

    More details about the NDK for BlackBerry 10 are posted on http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/0...-10-native-sdk and for Cascades at http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/0...-available-now.

    The toolkit also includes support for HTML5 application developers with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks™ 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/2012/0...0-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/...kberry/stories
    Anyone excited about the future of BlackBerry?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: RIM Launches BlackBerry 10 Platform started by frail View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. elimcgrubber's Avatar
      elimcgrubber -
      Current 9300 user here and i'm going to buy it
    1. Linde's Avatar
      Linde -
      Looks really cool and nice to see. I would be way more interested to see what the physical keyboard version looks like. It does look quite similar to an iPhone 4.
    1. Supa_Fly's Avatar
      Supa_Fly -
      When will you guys learn that there are languages that don't do so well on physical keyboards?!

      I actually want to purchase a dev alpha unit like yesterday!

      So Balsillie was not kidding that the dirt BB10 device would be a scaled down playbook.
    1. Borteep's Avatar
      Borteep -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prom1 View Post
      When will you guys learn that there are languages that don't do so well on physical keyboards?!

      I actually want to purchase a dev alpha unit like yesterday!

      So Balsillie was not kidding that the dirt BB10 device would be a scaled down playbook.
      It's great that soft-keyboards are useful for many other languages, but they're inherently frustrating in ways that nobody has gotten around. Hardware keyboards handle English better than anything else, assuming you have fully functional hands. They even work pretty well without sight. Beyond that, they are famously one of RIM's strengths! I'm excited to see what form they take on this incredibly important generation of Blackberries.

      As for the dev phone, you can buy a sweet phablet-form unit today! They call them the Playbook

      Sent from my Desire Z using HowardForums
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      Quote Originally Posted by michaelwilliam3 View Post
      It's really looking awesome, when is it launching...
      From what I've been hearing recently the new phone will ben shown in August with an October release.
    1. Linde's Avatar
      Linde -
      Apparently what I have recently learned is that device is primarily for developers to begin testing and making BB10 apps. I don't know if the actual consumer phone will look the same as this.
    1. mick662's Avatar
      mick662 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prom1 View Post
      When will you guys learn that there are languages that don't do so well on physical keyboards?!
      Call me selfish (or whatever you want, really), but I could give two sh**s about other languages.
    1. Supa_Fly's Avatar
      Supa_Fly -
      Quote Originally Posted by mick662 View Post
      Call me selfish (or whatever you want, really), but I could give two sh**s about other languages.
      Well that WOULD work out for you if the following where true:
      You're not dating a foxy women of another mother tongue, or married to one.
      You don't travel outside of the country in places that have another official language as priority over english,
      or your job doesn't value you speaking, reading, writing another language enough to PAY you more!

      That worked for me until this past year and I'm learning spanish. read my next post and you MAY reconsider/re-evaluate your affinity for physical keyboards.
    1. Supa_Fly's Avatar
      Supa_Fly -
      Quote Originally Posted by Borteep View Post
      It's great that soft-keyboards are useful for many other languages, but they're inherently frustrating in ways that nobody has gotten around. Hardware keyboards handle English better than anything else, assuming you have fully functional hands. They even work pretty well without sight. Beyond that, they are famously one of RIM's strengths! I'm excited to see what form they take on this incredibly important generation of Blackberries.

      As for the dev phone, you can buy a sweet phablet-form unit today! They call them the Playbook

      Sent from my Desire Z using HowardForums
      Why 90% feel they need physical keyboard:
      Tactile feedback,
      Spelling accuracy; real words not acronyms. Shortcut keys for quick actions & 1-handed operations. Screen real-estate when typing: iOS suffers the most here on iPhone vs competition so this is an isolated matter.

      There is only 1 item above that remains to be perfected - tactile feedback. That pressure response of using it. There are already options for those visually impaired to use sw keyboards.

      Another interesting scientific finding states the current english language keyboard layout is NOT as efficient as it could be. It's hard to accept because its a standard for over 140 years but its VERY true.

      RIM has already done the following:
      used SureType dictionary for auto text completion - iOS has Shortcuts with only 5 entries but can be expanded.
      already shown the strength of BB10 SW keyboard with deleting characters vs whole words (dual options); very efficient that your HW keyboard cannot do. I'm sure there is MUCH more.

      mick662,

      Either way you better care about how SW keyboards offer much better option for those in non-latin character languages because there world is 2.5 billion plus of users that DO care and they're putting their dollars into products that CARE about this - essentially affecting a company's hard earned revenue and profits! If RIM can recognize this yet you cannot - then I hope you're smart enough to buy shares at this direction.

      Consider this:

      - imaging typing and not only predictive text, nor even AutoText (iOS: Shortcuts in keyboard) presents auto word completion … but I’d like the previous think-tank research to come into this.
      >> Think about typing and when you begin to type 3 words (works in longer sentences) … that the auto complete does this:
      present the next word that most likely matches in a sentence,
      then when selected presents the complete likely scenarios for a FULL sentence!
      >> Make this language sensitive, for example those that speak in their native tongue typing a sentence has different structure thus basic google translation doesn’t quite work, but suggestive sentencing actually works more like human sentencing. IF THIS can be done … then this is the NEXT big $$.
    1. Linde's Avatar
      Linde -
      Quote Originally Posted by DennyCrane View Post
      Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry Bold 9900: Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9900; en) AppleWebKit/534.11+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.1.0.190 Mobile Safari/534.11+)



      It definitely is only a developer device. It's 100% guaranteed not to be part of their BB10 product lineup.
      Yes you're right. I was a little opposed to its minimalistic design, but I guess since it is a developer device it doesn't really matter. The actual consumer devices should look a lot more sexy.
    1. mick662's Avatar
      mick662 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prom1 View Post
      Well that WOULD work out for you if the following where true:
      You're not dating a foxy women of another mother tongue, or married to one.
      You don't travel outside of the country in places that have another official language as priority over english,
      or your job doesn't value you speaking, reading, writing another language enough to PAY you more!
      Well, I guess it WILL work for me, then.


      Quote Originally Posted by Prom1 View Post
      Consider this:

      - imaging typing and not only predictive text, nor even AutoText (iOS: Shortcuts in keyboard) presents auto word completion … but I’d like the previous think-tank research to come into this.
      >> Think about typing and when you begin to type 3 words (works in longer sentences) … that the auto complete does this:
      present the next word that most likely matches in a sentence,
      then when selected presents the complete likely scenarios for a FULL sentence!
      >> Make this language sensitive, for example those that speak in their native tongue typing a sentence has different structure thus basic google translation doesn’t quite work, but suggestive sentencing actually works more like human sentencing. IF THIS can be done … then this is the NEXT big $$.
      If this massacre of grammar and punctuation is your argument for SW keyboards and predictive text, it has failed miserably. It looks exactly like something shat out of an iPhone.
    1. Supa_Fly's Avatar
      Supa_Fly -
      Wow ... you have no other concise or contructive way to rebuttal the content of my message except for grammar and punctuation. I typed that on a keyboard on a laptop. My erratic punctuation was to highlight sections of my rebuttal.

      lets focus the content of the message not its delivery based on a class of business writing. We're expressing opinions and sharing ideas here not correcting a thesis.

      here is a link stating a patent by Apple regarding Haptic feedback. Apple is not the first, not the best, nor the only company with patents on haptic feedback technologies yet with all of the options being worked on we'll see have our cake and eat it too.

      http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/03/p...irtation-with/
    1. xs11e's Avatar
      xs11e -
      Looks like maybe my next phone? I love my Android but I'd really love to get back to a BlackBerry, I miss my BB every day. With the larger screen that phone would work nicely for me!
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