RIM Updates BlackBerry 10 SDK and Other Developer Tools
Research In Motion today made a number of announcements concerning its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform at a developer conference being held in Asia. First, RIM has published a new version of its software developer kit (SDK) for BB10. The new SDK includes better tools for developing for BB10 from Mac computers, and also makes improvements to Visual Studio and BlackBerry's WebWorks tools. RIM is now accepting apps for its "Built for BlackBerry" program, which certifies apps at a higher level of quality and makes developers eligible for specific financial commitments from RIM. RIM also announced that it has teamed with Appcelerator to help developers port their apps from other platforms to BlackBerry 10. RIM is seeding a second test device to developers that includes a physical QWERTY keyboard. The existing developer device has only a touch screen. Last, RIM has renamed BlackBerry App World to just BlackBerry World. When the new app store relaunches with BB10, it will also include music and video content. RIM plans to launch BlackBerry 10 full at an event on January 30, with devies to follow in late February. RIM's first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones are currently being certified by more than 50 wireless network operators around the world.