RIM issues finalized BlackBerry 10 SDK to developers


Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) released the finalized gold build of its BlackBerry 10 software development kit, two months before the first devices running the revamped mobile operating system are expected to arrive at retail.

The gold version of the RIM SDK includes all of the tools, components and APIs necessary for developers to build BlackBerry 10 applications and games. Native C/C++ and Qt developers can leverage the BlackBerry Cascades user interface framework to integrate with core BlackBerry 10 feature elements such as the new BlackBerry Hub, which enables simplified user access to all messages, notifications, feeds and calendar events. HTML5 developers also can exploit core features using the BlackBerry WebWorks platform to design native-quality Web-based apps.

RIM is also offering tools for building BlackBerry 10 apps based on the Adobe AIR runtime. The SDK additionally touts the BlackBerry Runtime for Android, enabling developers to port and repackage applications originally written for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) rival mobile OS. To download the SDK, click here.

BlackBerry 10 runs on the same QNX-based software powering RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Features include the new BlackBerry Flow UI, which includes BlackBerry Hub, as well as BlackBerry Balance, which separates personal applications and information from encrypted work profiles, enabling organizations to protect their data while giving users the flexibility to optimize their devices for personal use.

RIM began accepting applications optimized for BlackBerry 10 last month. Alex Kinsella, the company's senior public relations and social media manager, vowed all apps submitted to RIM's BlackBerry App World "are guaranteed to be reviewed, tested and ready for publishing when BlackBerry 10 launches in Q1 2013."

RIM is betting on BlackBerry 10 to reignite developer passion for its platform. According to a recent survey conducted by Appcelerator and research firm IDC, just 9 percent of respondents said they are very interested in writing BlackBerry apps, an all-time low. However, a follow-up survey commissioned by RIM and conducted by Pivot Point Research reports that 58 percent of developers would recommend BlackBerry 10 as a development platform, up 123 percent between May and October. RIM adds that developer satisfaction with the BlackBerry 10 platform surged 56 percent during the same period.

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