Research In Motion has announced a new BlackBerry Widget Software Development Kit to enable developers to build rich, integrated applications for BlackBerry smartphones using common Web technologies rather than being forced to use Java.
Research In Motion has announced a new BlackBerry Widget Software
Development Kit to enable developers to build rich, integrated
applications for BlackBerry smartphones using common Web technologies
rather than being forced to use Java.
With the new BlackBerry Widget SDK, announced on Oct. 6, developers
can build Web-based applications for the BlackBerry and deliver
advanced features and functionality without having to use Java -- which
up to now was the primary way for developers to create BlackBerry
"BlackBerry Widgets open up a world of opportunities for developers
to build and bring to market Web applications for BlackBerry
smartphones that offer advanced, integrated functionality and an
always-on user experience," said Alan Brenner, senior vice president of
BlackBerry platforms at RIM, in a statement. "We are very excited by
the prospects of this new widget development platform which combines
the ease of development of standard Web languages with the rich
functionality of Java development."
A beta release of the BlackBerry Widget SDK is available as of Oct. 6 at www.blackberry.com/developers/widget.
BlackBerry Widgets use the BlackBerry browser engine to render an
are able to use existing Web content to create BlackBerry Widgets and
extend the capabilities of their Web applications using BlackBerry
Widget APIs, RIM officials said.
Moreover, using the new BlackBerry Widget APIs, developers can do
such things as create seamless interaction between a widget and the
BlackBerry e-mail and calendar applications, create widgets with the
ability to view or edit files and documents stored on the smartphone,
access location-based services or the media player and more, the
company said. Developers can also take advantage of RIM's push
technology, enabling dynamic widgets that can run in the background and
provide proactive alerts to users in a timely manner.
In addition, BlackBerry Widgets can be easily distributed via
BlackBerry App World at www.blackberry.com/appworld, or through
BlackBerry Enterprise Server in corporate environments.
Support for BlackBerry Widgets will be available on BlackBerry
smartphones that run BlackBerry OS 5.0, which will include an enhanced
BlackBerry Browser with support for Google Gears, SQLite and the new
BlackBerry Widget APIs.
Meanwhile, developers interested in learning more about building BlackBerry Widgets are encouraged to attend the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Conference
Nov. 9-12 in San Francisco. More information is also available on
BlackBerry Developer Zone at www.blackberry.com/developer.