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RIM Reveals Details on New BlackBerry 10 Platform

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RIM reveals BlackBerry 10 and releases the new development toolkit.

Tuesday during BlackBerry World 2012 in Orlando, Florida, RIM unveiled the next version of its mobile OS, BlackBerry 10. The company also released the initial developer toolkit -- currently free and in beta -- for native and HTML5 software development which can be downloaded here.

RIM's new 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 gives developers access to core device features and BlackBerry application services like Push and Payment. Cascades seemingly makes it easy for developers to build apps without the need to write complex, low-level graphics code.

BlackBerry is also moving up to modern times with support of HTML5 apps. The new toolkit includes the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, allowing 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. The initial release grants access to a core subset of the full WebWorks APIs, including Identity, Application and App events, System and system events.

"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," RIM said on Tuesday. "All of the SDKs will be updated to give developers access to more of the BlackBerry 10 unique capabilities over the coming months."

BlackBerry 10 Preview

In a separate news release, RIM said that developers and top brands are already starting to commit to the new BlackBerry platform including game developer (and cloner) Gameloft, Endomondo, Poynt, Truphone and many, many others.

"The official launch of BlackBerry 10 comes with great anticipation from Gameloft," said Ludovic Blondel, Vice President of OEM at Gameloft. "We are very excited to be able to provide BlackBerry 10 users with high-quality gaming experiences for every type of player. We already have a total of 11 titles including our popular physics-based puzzle game Shark Dash and more hard-core games such as N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance being optimized for the platform."

RIM also said that it's encouraging university students in China to develop more apps and services on the new BlackBerry platform.

"RIM and QNX are working with a number of universities in China to launch an app development competition at the end of May, providing further incentive for student software developers in the country to turn their creative ideas into apps and services that can be commercialized on BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets."

RIM and QNX will provide BlackBerry devices, software development tools, technical support and other resources to the students. RIM has also been working with universities in China to provide training courses for developing apps on the BlackBerry platform. The winning apps will be made available on BlackBerry App World.

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    Anonymous , May 1, 2012 4:21 PM
    And not a single fuck was given that day.
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    nebun , May 1, 2012 4:23 PM
    the only reason this company still exists is because the US Government keeps giving them money...this is sad...i wished that they would stop wasting our money
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    alterecho , May 1, 2012 4:30 PM
    ? After i hit play, I was staring at a black screen for 46 sec. Is that it?
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    zaznet , May 1, 2012 4:56 PM
    alterecho? After i hit play, I was staring at a black screen for 46 sec. Is that it?

    Something wrong with your media playback. The video worked for me.
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    icemunk , May 1, 2012 5:01 PM
    Sounds promising. They now need to hurry it up and start putting out some BB10 phones, with dual/quad cores in them.
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    extremepcs , May 1, 2012 5:06 PM
    No mention of ActiveSync support... Bury BES already, please.
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    eddieroolz , May 1, 2012 5:08 PM
    extremepcsNo mention of ActiveSync support... Bury BES already, please.

    Interestingly my BB device handles all emails superb - while iOS required me to manually set up my university's email. I think BB wins one here.
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    captaincharisma , May 1, 2012 5:23 PM
    wow i was waiting for a slide out keyboard. after all they keep playing the hard keyboard cards in all their ads these days. but hey got to compete with the toys somehow. looks good so far though
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    captaincharisma , May 1, 2012 5:24 PM
    extremepcsNo mention of ActiveSync support... Bury BES already, please.

    yea that would be a good move. ditch the most secure mobile e-mail service in existence
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    jacobdrj , May 1, 2012 5:29 PM
    Universal inbox on BB OS was always the best in the business, and I have still not found anything that competes.

    Still, stability issues with apps, and the shear cost of BB data plans made my decision to go Android a lot easier. I do miss my universal inbox though...
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    extremepcs , May 1, 2012 5:39 PM
    captaincharismayea that would be a good move. ditch the most secure mobile e-mail service in existence

    Yeah, SSL just doesn't cut it...
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    DroKing , May 1, 2012 10:16 PM
    Oh hey this phone seems more fun than half assed so called Diablo 3.
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    Anonymous , May 1, 2012 11:01 PM
    Looking more to the par of what others are offering. Although I still don't like the keyboard, they could've just have that T9 predictive style for roomier keyboard.

    And the data plan better be in-house carrier network, I am no enterprise user.
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    Anonymous , May 22, 2012 7:07 PM
    EAS (SSL) SUCKS big time. I've lost count how many time's I've had to reconfigure EAS the same devices. Yet my BB > BES relation has been connected for over a yet. Mail migrations for both are a PITA however. Data plans expensive, BIS cost the same as data plans for Androids - data plans for iPhones are ridiculous generally speaking, but thats the carriers recovering their investments for LTE and the HUGE subsidiaries they are offering with the iPhone, etc - $750 for a phone?! BES is roughly $5-$10 more per month, but the Exchange services (over 60) that are brought right to the phone are and will remain unmatched by any provider. International data is ridiculously inexpensive at $20 additional per month and gives you unlimited BIS/BES traffic. Anyway, a couple years ago, our SSL expired on the weekend I happen to test an Android. Needless to say, email to my phone broke and I did not find out about it until very late.
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    megamanx00 , August 21, 2012 10:06 PM
    Stop delaying and launch it RIM. You've already Osborned your existing lineup by promoting your Shiny BB10 so far in advance. Launch it already
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