RIM plans on releasing a developer prototype of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone in May. However, the device won’t be the final version.
Motion will debut a prototype of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone in May,
with the intention of giving applications developers a crucial first look at
the operating system.
comes from The Wall Street Journal
, which quoted Alec Saunders,
RIMs vice president for developer relations and ecosystem development, as
saying the device handed to developers will not resemble the final smartphone,
expected to debut sometime in the second half of 2012.
realizes that the BlackBerry 10 operating systems prospects for survival will
only rise if it can offer prospective users a diverse apps ecosystem. During
RIMs BlackBerry DevCon Europe conference in February, newly appointed CEO
Thorsten Heins told the audience of developers that, without you, the
BlackBerry solution wouldnt be complete.
That was just
the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to RIM developer outreach. The
company has also been handing out free PlayBooks at various industry events,
with an eye toward having developers build apps for the tablet that can be
ported onto BlackBerry 10.
past Januarys Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saunders told eWEEK
that developers working with HTML5
and WebWorks to create apps for RIMs PlayBook would have relatively little
trouble with that app transfer once BlackBerry 10 hits the market. You may need
to make some tweaks, he said, but your code base is preserved.
couple of years have demonstrated that mobile products live and die on the
variety of apps on offer. Both Apple and Google devoted enormous resources to
creating and nurturing their respective app platforms, and prospered; Microsoft
is attempting to follow their example with Windows Phone and Windows 8.
Platforms such as Hewlett-Packards webOS failed to generate much interest from
apps developers, and suffered accordingly.
RIM has the
added challenge of attempting to persuade developers to create apps for a
platform that doesnt yet exist, and whose code base is different from that
which underlies previous versions of the BlackBerry OS. Apps developed using
BlackBerry Java will not port onto BlackBerry 10, limiting developers working
with those tools to BlackBerry 7 or older versions. Hence RIMs push behind the
PlayBook as a BlackBerry 10 development platform.
of the BlackBerry 10 prototype will also give the tech industry its first
official look at the operating system that RIM hopes will allow it to reverse
its fortunes in the smartphone market. Over the past several quarters, the
Canadian phone maker has seen its market share decline in the face of
aggressive competition from the likes of Apples iPhone and Google Android.
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