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RIM unveils BlackBerry 10 platform

New BlackBerry OS and SDK launched at BlackBerry World

RIM unveils BlackBerry 10 platform
Thorsten Heins, CEO of RIM, showing a BlackBerry 10 prototype at BlackBerry World.

Research in Motion has unveiled the new BlackBerry 10 operating system at BlackBerry World 2012 in the US.

The platform includes new features and elements for integration in BlackBerry applications, and a new software developer capabilities to make development easier.

BlackBerry 10 includes features such as Flow, which allows users to continuously access content between applications for a more seamless, immersive experience; a virtual onscreen keyboard which is intended to adapt to individual users usage patterns; and camera enhancements that allow users to take a photo by tapping anywhere on the screen and to be able to go forward or back in time on the entire or specific point on the photo, to get the best shot.

"BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world today," said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development. "Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow' customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform."

RIM also launched the BlackBerry 10 Native software developer kit with Cascades, which allows developers to create graphically rich, high performance native applications, with a rich set of APIs to access core device features.

Cascades is a powerful native application development toolset that allows developers to easily build visually stunning applications without having to write complex, low-level graphics code.

The toolkit also includes support for HTML5 app developers with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, allowing developers to create native-like apps using common web programming technologies including HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

 "There is tremendous interest, anticipation and momentum building toward the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices, and today we're extremely excited to release the BlackBerry 10 developer beta tools for general use," said Christopher Smith, Vice President, Handheld Application Platform and Tools at Research In Motion. "Developers can use this first beta of the tools to get started building apps for BlackBerry 10 and as the tools evolve over the coming months, developers will have access to a rich API set that will allow them to build even more integrated apps. The toolkit we are delivering today also meets developers on their own terms. Whether using the powerful Cascades framework, writing direct native code or developing in HTML5, BlackBerry 10 will empower developers to create attractive and compelling apps that excite customers."

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