RIM Gives Dev Tools a Refresh

Embattled smartphone maker RIM is giving its dev community a boost this week.

Building on the introduction of the BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference in the spring, Research In Motion today released an update of the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkits.

Interested devs can check out the toolkits now – which are available in beta as free downloads – from http://developer.blackberry.com.

The update adds a wide range of new features and enhancements, most notably including two key sets of APIs for BlackBerry 10 developers – an application invocation framework, which will allow BlackBerry 10 applications to seamlessly interact with each other, and the Push APIs that let developers leverage the global BlackBerry infrastructure to send notifications and other content to BlackBerry 10 devices.

“Developers have been making remarkable progress with BlackBerry 10. We’ve seen amazing examples of apps from every category being built for the BlackBerry 10 platform; often in just a matter of days,” said Christopher Smith, Vice President of Handheld Application Platform & Tools at Research In Motion. “This update provides enhancements to all four SDKs and introduces two key APIs that allow developers to integrate their apps deeply into the core BlackBerry 10 experience, creating a seamless flow between apps for BlackBerry 10 customers.”