Research in Motion (RIM) may have delayed its BlackBerry 10 platform until 2013, but the firm is still pushing developers to build compelling apps with an update to its developer toolkits, and enabling them to share apps targeting its BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices.
Available to download from RIM's developer site, the latest BlackBerry 10 Beta SDKs add a number of new features, according to RIM.
The most significant are two new application programming interfaces (APIs) providing an application invocation framework and Push delivery capability for content.
The application invocation framework gives developers the ability to link their applications to native BlackBerry 10 features and to other applications, RIM said.
It provides a way to invoke other applications on a BlackBerry smartphone and pass parameters through a simple API call, such as opening the BlackBerry Maps application to find a location from an address.
The new Push APIs allow developers using BlackBerry WebWorks or Adobe AIR to take advantage of RIM's Blackberry delivery technology to push content out directly to end users the same way that emails are pushed out, RIM said.
Meanwhile, RIM is opening up the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal to developers using its BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha test devices. The move will enable them to target the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha test device for applications, and share and access each other's applications.
Christopher Smith, vice president for handheld application platform and tools said developer interest in the platform was already strong.
"Developers have been making remarkable progress with BlackBerry 10," he said.
"We've seen amazing examples of apps from every category being built for the BlackBerry 10 platform, often in just a matter of days."
Earlier, RIM moved to counter claims that there were a lack of applications for its BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, revealing that over three billion applications have been downloaded from its store.
The firm has also faced criticism following the announcement that the BlackBerry 10 platform and any new handsets using the software will now be delayed until early 2013. Both were expected to be available later this year.
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