BlackBerry adds in-app purchase support to BB10 WebWorks SDK


BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) continues expanding the developer ecosystem underpinning its new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, adding in-app purchase support to its WebWorks SDK.

The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK offers developers the tools to create native-quality apps Web-based apps via common programming technologies like HTML5 and CSS. The new SDK refresh integrates support for BlackBerry's Payment Service, letting BlackBerry WebWorks developers to implement both one-time in-app transactions (e.g., additional levels in a BlackBerry 10 game or music from a radio app) and subscription-based services.

"Check out the API reference to get started," BlackBerry WebWorks Product Manager Ken Wallis writes on the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog. "You will immediately notice that there are a few new additions to the API compared to previous implementations in BlackBerry WebWorks, such as cancel subscription."

The updated BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK also adds support for the BBM Social Platform's Profile Box, a customizable box for that appears in the current user's BlackBerry Messenger profile. Developers can use the box to broadcast the user's app achievements or provide updates; it also contains a list of items, each composed of text and an optional icon. The API reference for the Profile Box is here.

The revamped WebWorks SDK additionally disables the popup blocker by default Popups will now display in the Child Browser window. 

BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) unveiled BlackBerry 10 late last month. The new smartphone OS brings an expanded BBM service highlighted by Wi-Fi-enabled voice calling and video chat, as well as new collaborative features. The complementary BlackBerry Hub offers a single point of access for all personal and professional conversations, including BBM messages, email and social media updates. BlackBerry 10 also brings BlackBerry Flow, which promises to combine apps and features more seamlessly--for example, tapping on an attendee listed for a meeting to see their latest tweet or social networking profile.

The introduction of BlackBerry 10 coincides with the launch of the rebranded BlackBerry World storefront (previously BlackBerry App World), which offer more than 70,000 third-party BlackBerry 10 applications at launch, among them apps from high-profile partners like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), LinkedIn, Skype, Twitter, foursquare, WhatsApp, MLB At Bat, ESPN Scorecenter, CBS Sports, Evernote, SAP, Citrix, Soundhound, The Weather Channel, eMusic, Slacker Radio and DropBox. Mobile gaming publishers committing to the platform include Rovio Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Gameloft and Disney. BlackBerry World is also adding premium music and video downloads.

For more:
- read this Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog post

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