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.
PayPal Reaches BlackBerry 10 Devices
PayPal has made a version of its mobile application available in the BlackBerry World app store for devices running BlackBerry OS 10.x. With this new app, PayPal is available to Android, BlackBerry, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows smartphones.
BlackBerry to Cease Monthly Updates for the Priv, Launch Trade-Up Program
BlackBerry said this week that it will no longer provide monthly system and security updates to its BlackBerry Priv smartphone. The company originally committed to providing updates for a period of two years.
T-Mobile to Sell BlackBerry Classic May 13
T-Mobile today said it would make the BlackBerry Classic smartphone available to customers beginning May 13. The Classic has been sold by other carriers for months.
BlackBerry Makes Improvements to Priv's Camera and Keyboard
BlackBerry today made software updates available to the Priv smartphone. The revised apps mostly fixes bugs, but also improves how well the camera and keyboard perform.