RIM sweetens BlackBerry 10 at Jam event
RIM added some new tools and incentives to BlackBerry 10 during the BlackBerry Jam Asia conference
Research in Motion is gearing up BlackBerry 10 for an early 2013 release and at its BlackBerry Jam Asia event, it beefed up its tools for developers and teased the first BlackBerry 10 device with a keyboard.
RIM has updated its BlackBerry 10 SDK and this includes tweaks and improvements based on developer feedback. The gold master SDK is on pace to be released on Dec. 11, RIM said.
The company has also introduced a BlackBerry App Generator and it says this will let you make apps without any technical background. I decided to test those claims and after about 10 minutes, I was able to create a Know Your Cell app for BlackBerry. I wasn't able to submit it to the market yet because it takes up to 24 hours for a new vendor registration, but it looks like an easy way to create apps.
Speaking of the app store, RIM will be changing the name of the BlackBerry App World to the BlackBerry World. It's a subtle change but it will be helpful when and if RIM adds its own media and eBook options in the store.
RIM had previously given developers a Dev Alpha prototype that gives them a look at the upcoming BlackBerry 10 on a handset and at BlackBerry Jam Asia, the company teased the Dev Alpha C. It hasn't really shown this off too much but the Dev Alpha C will have a physical QWERTY keyboard. That's good news for traditional BlackBerry fans who love to have a physical keyboard.
We're still anxiously awaiting a chance to get a BlackBerry 10 device and see how it can stack up against the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. RIM has put together a brief video showcasing the highlights of BlackBerry Jam Asia and you can watch it below.