BlackBerry 10 coming later this year
June 20, 2012 —
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NEW YORK – Research in Motion is invested in the BlackBerry 10, and it came to Manhattan’s Millennium Hotel as part of the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour to show off five beta SDKs, and to instruct developers on creating applications for app-starved BlackBerry users. The BlackBerry 10 device will be released later this year, RIM executives told SD Times at the event.
Keynote speaker Martyn Mallick, vice president of global alliances and business development at RIM, spoke first about how the company has built out its developer support via its website, blogs, active forums, tutorials and samples—all designed to make BlackBerry apps easier to build. Gary Klassen, principal architect at RIM, also gave a keynote about the BlackBerry 10’s improved UI and keyboard design, and the better user experience it offers.
Patrick Mollins, developer evangelist at RIM, later discussed the important takeaways from the event. “The major announcement from this tour is that we are fully invested into BlackBerry 10. With the announcement of BlackBerry 10, we have also released five SDKs that are in beta at the moment for developers to use. They can download them for free, easily, from our developer site at developer.blackberry.com. We’d like to see developers get on board and start developing for the new platform,” he said.
Mollins went on to describe the five SDKs. “The first one is WebWorks—our HTML5 SDK—and the second one is our native C/C++ SDK,” he said. “Our third one is a new platform that we’re introducing this year, along with BlackBerry 10, called Cascades. Cascades is an SDK that sits on top of our native SDK that allows developers to create rich, compelling and engaging applications that are targeted for BlackBerry 10.
“The fourth SDK that we’re offering developers is an Android SDK that allows Android developers to take their application, run them through our tooling, and out comes a BlackBerry tablet OS or BlackBerry 10-specific application. This allows Android developers to find a new home for their applications.”