There\’s been a great deal of buzz surrounding RIM\’s ongoing march to the January 2013 reveal of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and compatible smartphones, and today brings even more news: the OS\’s software developer toolkit (or, SDK) has officially gone \”gold.\”
In other words, that means that developers now have access to the final tools, components, and APIs (or, application programming interfaces) they\’ll need to create apps for the new platform. RIM had already promised that final testing for BB 10\’s apps would come in December, so it looks like the Canadian telecom company held true to its word.
\”We have been actively engaged with developers from around the world for many months and as we near the final weeks toward the launch of BlackBerry 10, the growing dedication and commitment we see from our developer community is truly outstanding,\” said RIM\’s VP of developer relations and ecosystems Alec Saunders.
\”The focus we have had on building a true developer ecosystem and community is clearly working.\”
As previously revealed, the SDKs will be available in many forms, including BB 10\’s native Cascades format, the HTML5-based BlackBerry WebWorks, and respective toolkits for Adobe AIR and ported Android apps.
BlackBerry 10 will almost assuredly be a \”make or break\” point for RIM as a company. BlackBerry was once one of, if not the dominant smartphone brand on the planet just a few years back, but iOS and Android have since eclipsed it in both casual and workplace use.
Now, RIM seems to be hedging its bets on its new platform, hoping that it will regain its once-faithful enterprise crowd while gaining traction with everyday consumers as well. Whether or not BB 10 succeeds is yet to be seen, but all eyes will be on January 30, 2013, when its journey begins.