A very exciting news for Blackberry app developers . BlackBerry DEVCON is coming to Asia!
That’s right, from January 13th to 14th in 2011, BlackBerry DEVCON will be making its first ever appearance outside of the US. And there couldn’t be a better location to host the event than beautiful Bali. With 40 sessions planned over two days, it’s sure to be a fast-paced couple of days with lots of opportunity to learn about developing on the BlackBerry platform, collaborate with fellow BlackBerry dev community members, and meet with subject matter experts.
With some of the year’s biggest announcements coming out of BlackBerry DEVCON 2010, BlackBerry DEVCON Asia 2011 has sessions that follow up on each of these announcements and explores them in great detail. There are sessions for BlackBerry PlayBook™, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM™), Analytics Service, Advertising Service, Payment Service, BEAM, and WebWorks, as well as sessions that explore the fundamentals of both the Java® and Web platforms. Attend BlackBerry DEVCON Asia and get the details on all of the latest and greatest products, straight from Research In Motion® (RIM) product and Blackberry development experts!
You’ll also be among the first to see the APIs for the BBM Social platform in action, and get hands-on experience with the BBM SDK. Plus, get the scoop on the Super Apps story and discover how taking advantage of the unique capabilities of the BlackBerry platform can take your application to the next level, above and beyond your competitors. Visit the Ask the Experts area to talk with RIM insiders, where you can find out tips and tricks, take away code samples, and learn how to add features to applications – such as integration with native BlackBerry applications and content push, giving them more depth and richness so they can stand out in an increasingly crowded application space.
But building your application is only the beginning, and learning about new ways to commercialize your application is just as important. Discover how to best take advantage of BlackBerry App World™, carrier billing, pricing tiers and third-party sites to help successfully bring your app to market. We’ll also talk about how the in-app payment and advertising services can help make your applications successful on the BlackBerry platform, and tips and tricks on integrating these services into applications using the frameworks and relationships provided by RIM to offer users the best experience possible.
The conference wouldn’t be complete without giving blackberry developers a look into what the future holds for the BlackBerry platform, and what these new changes and opportunities mean for the mobile space and you as a blackberry app developer.
This weekend on November 26-28 in Toronto, Ontario, BlackBerry developers from Brazil and Toronto will join forces for a BlackBerry Hack-A-Thon (organized by Jason Silva who manages the Toronto developer group, and Fernando Neves, who manages the Brazil group) in order to create mobile applications that help patients cope with cancer. All developers and designers are welcome – experienced BlackBerry experts and newbies alike! It is a BYOC – Bring Your Own Computer – event.
Find all the relevant details on the event site – including schedule for the kickoff mixer and coding times:http://bbhackathon.eventbrite.com/
There will be some BlackBerry development experts from Research In Motion® (RIM) on hand to answer questions and offer advice. We’re thrilled to support this great event.
Happy coding Blackberry app developers !
The growth of Blackberry Messenger from humble messaging app to a significant mobile communication platform has led to the need for social media integration . In interest of Blackberry app developers RIM recently announced that it would be opening the doors for certain BBM features so that App developers can integrate them readily into their apps . Most of the features if developed from scratch would take a long time to implement when compared to getting super app and BBM ready .
There are lots of advantages that BBM brings to BlackBerry software. BlackBerry Messenger’s social elements allow developers to build in social connectivity based on your pre-existing BBM contacts instead of having to develop and build social connections separately for each app. With 28 million users, there is also incredible word-of-thumb marketing potential when promoting your application.
Developers can also take advantage of BBM’s location-based services, as well as access the device’s video camera for video streaming.
- Invite other BBM users to download your app, or start a social interaction from within your app.
- Determine which of your BBM contacts has downloaded your app
- Access to BBM user profiles, including avatar, status, and location
- Add an application box to a user’s BBM profile that can display and broadcast achievements and updates
- Create BBM groups for your app
- Start embedded chats with BBM contact without leaving your app
- Sharing content with your BBM contacts
- Create sub-communities within your app, even if users are not each others’ contacts
- Allow social interactions within your sub-communities
- Stream data between users running your app, such as communication, multiplayer or turn-based gaming, and location
Sounds pretty good , but blackberry application developers need to wait for a few more months for the API’s being available in early 2011 . Meanwhile blackberry developers can register with RIM to receive updates and stay in touch with the new BBM social platform .
Below is the official press release of the BBM social platform
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Oct 4, 2010 News
The Press Release :
The new BlackBerry WebWorks platform brings together existing BlackBerry web development tools as well as new tools and platform services. It provides developers with a comprehensive toolset for creating rich applications that offer customers the benefits of deep integration with core BlackBerry features, true multi-tasking, true Push technology and access to the full range of BlackBerry services, such as the Locate service or the newly announced BlackBerry Advertising Service.
“BlackBerry developers have discovered the value of building web applications that can leverage the unique characteristics of the BlackBerry Platform, such as running in always-on mode and integrating with native BlackBerry applications,” said David Yach, CTO for Software at Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry WebWorks platform takes the power of existing web tools and enhances and adds to them in order to allow developers to build sophisticated applications using their existing HTML5 skill sets with no compromise in functionality or performance.”
BlackBerry WebWorks also includes updates to the web application packager, new web APIs and the BlackBerry Web Plug-Ins 2.5.
Web application packager 1.5
The web application packager is used by developers to package their web applications in the same way a BlackBerry Java application is packaged, and with the same file formats. BlackBerry web applications can then be distributed via BlackBerry App World™, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, OTA (over-the-air) or BlackBerryEnterprise Server.
BlackBerry Web APIs
BlackBerry WebWorks includes a set of new web extensions that enable a deeper integration with native applications and other functions of the handset.
• Send a text message from within the application
• Read call log data from the phone application, check if the phone is currently in an active call, check the number of missed calls
• Play an audio file as well as create APIs for playing, pausing, stopping and seeking of the audio file from within the application’s UI
Web Plug-Ins 2.5
Updates to the Web Plug-Ins for BlackBerry WebWorks include multiple entry points, which give developers the ability to start their application in the background, in addition to launching from the homescreen or adownload folder. Applications can also continue to run in the background. Web Plug-Ins 2.5 also gives developers the ability to cache web pages and content to the handset’s system memory for faster performance.
“RIM has always firmly supported industry standards and believes in embracing the needs of the developer community,” said Alan Brenner, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Platform. “We started supporting open source communities through our work on the BlackBerry 6 WebKit browser and the response from the open source community has already been very positive. We are tremendously excited to see where the developer community will take this initiative and the code that we are presenting.”
The BlackBerry open web application platform initiative allows an application to fully integrate with a BlackBerry smartphone, using the same security, packaging, code signing and distribution infrastructure that BlackBerry Java applications use. Further, developers who utilize the open source initiative are able to create these rich applications using familiar web tools.
“The Dojo Foundation is ecstatic about RIM’s open source initiative. BlackBerry 6, integrated with our mobile strategy (dojofoundation.org/mobile/), is a platform that will give web application developers extreme control over developing mobile web applications. We are thrilled to be working with RIM to build mobile platform support into several Dojo Foundation projects.”
- Dylan Schiemann, CEO at SitePen, Inc., and VP of the Dojo Foundation
“New innovations in BlackBerry 6 have made it possible for PhoneGap developers to build engaging and sophisticated BlackBerry apps. The new BlackBerry open web application platform will further encourage developers in the growing PhoneGap community to write more apps for BlackBerry smartphones.”
- Andre Charland, CEO at Nitobi Inc.
“We’re very excited that the full power of the BlackBerry platform will now become easily accessible to Sencha developers. HTML5 is the new lingua franca of mobile, and as the first framework to fully leverage it, we’re looking forward to putting it to work for BlackBerry developers.”
- Abe Elias, CEO of Sencha
The BlackBerry open web platform is available within partner open source communities now:
If you are a blackberry app developer and offering some free apps or paid apps or none of them , one thing the Blackberry developers are in desprate need of is the Blackberry analytics service , a service that’s keeps a track of every detail of your app .
Some of the key features of the Blackberry Analytics service :
- Key app metrics such as when and how often a user opens your app.
- Information about how much time a user spends in your app.
- User base stats such as which model of BlackBerry smartphone is being used, which version of software the user has installed, which carrier network the user is on, and which version of your application the user has installed.
- Flexibility to define your own metrics such as how many users make it to a certain level or actually complete a game, which features of the app are accessed more commonly than others, how and when users access remote data on a server versus leveraging cached content.
Press Release :
RIM and Webtrends to Launch Free BlackBerry Analytics Service
Analytics service offers developers deep insight into how customers are using their BlackBerry smartphone applications
San Francisco – BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM;
TSX: RIM) and Webtrends today announced they are working together to deliver free enterprise-class analytics to the BlackBerry® developer community. The BlackBerry® Analytics Service, powered by Webtrends, will allow developers to quickly and easily add measurement into their applications.*
BlackBerry developers will be able to use the mobile analytics service to discover insights about how customers use their apps and to evolve their applications in ways that will drive loyalty, increase use, and potentially lead to new and more successful avenues for revenue and monetization.
“Feedback from our customers and development partners has always shaped our BlackBerry products and services, and so we understand the need for deep, rich and accurate analytics. We also know that access to such metrics is a top priority for BlackBerry developers as they try to make their applications stand out in an increasingly crowded market,” said Curtis Sasaki, Vice President, Product Management at Research In Motion. “With just a few lines of code, developers can add Webtrends analytics and gain access to a very broad range of insightful measurements.”
The BlackBerry Analytics Service is powered by the Webtrends Mobile Analytics platform. Using the Webtrends SDK, BlackBerry developers can integrate metrics tracking into their applications to capture events deemed relevant. Developers can track application use, frequency of use, loyalty of users, screens accessed and features used. The Mobile Analytics platform provides real insight into how their applications are being used, helps developers better understand adoption and allows them to measure success against their usage goals.
“BlackBerry developers will now have better access to complementary, enterprise-class mobile analytics technology and services,” said Alex Yoder, CEO, Webtrends. “Webtrends has a truly powerful and incredibly comprehensive platform for creating, measuring and improving content across all digital channels and mobile is no exception. We are thrilled to deliver insight and value to the BlackBerry developer community.”
The BlackBerry Analytics Service powered by Webtrends will be freely available to the BlackBerry developer community when it launches in early 2011.
We hope by this time you all are aware of the super apps challenge and the blackberry’s partner fund is giving $1.5 million in prizes to the best blackberry app developer which could be useful to market your app to blackberry users , so you need to hurry up if need to be a part of the super apps developer challenge there are only 2 weeks left for submissions .
In the last week blackberry developers came up with a couple of fantastic apps . If you have an idea , turn it into a app and get into the race of super apps , or if you feel your app is worth recognition then why not give it a try ? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win some amazing prizes. The judges are getting ready to sink their teeth into the submissions, so make sure to get yours in soon.
Eligibility criterion for Blackberry Super apps developer challenge
The Challenge is open to developers working on a BlackBerry application in one of the following seven categories:
- Productivity (Applications that help the user be productive and save time) – Business, Productivity and Finance
- Fun & Games (Applications that help the user have fun) – Games, Entertainment and Utilities
- Knowledge (Applications that help the user be empowered in life) – Education, Reference & eBooks, and Health & Wellness
- Sharing (Applications that help the user share and socialize) – Instant Messaging and Social Networking
- Navigate & Explore (Applications that help the user find what he or she is looking for) – Maps & Navigation, Travel and Shopping
- Multi-Media (Applications that help the user enjoy ) – Music & Audio and Photo & Video
- In the Know (Applications that keep the user up-to-date on the latest information) – News, Sports & Recreation and Weather
In order to be eligible, developers must be individuals resident, or entities located, within one of the four regions listed below. For the purposes of the Challenge, submissions will be categorized and judged according to the following geographic regions (each a “Region”):
- Asia Pacific, excluding North Korea (“APAC”)
- Latin America, including Mexico (“LATAM”)
- Europe – Middle East – Africa (“EMEA”)
- North America – Canada (excluding Quebec) and United States, excluding Mexico – (“NA”)
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Since the smartphones have come into existence application development has been a boon for any developer . And with the growing demand of such apps there were no boundaries the Application development was limited to
Below are few statistics of Application world
Now application developers ( be it a Android application developer , a iPhone application developer ,a Blackberry Application developer or any other platform ) are crazy developing application for platform which suit them the most and get them higher benefits .
What is your point of on Blackberry application development ?
May 3, 2010 News
Appcelerator is a cross- platform Application development company , as the name suggests it would be an acceleration in application development . Appcelerator have announced beta support for Blackberry. The cross-platform application is already used by iPhone developers and Android developers to create rich native apps , as well as PC , Mac and Linux using familiar HTML and CSS .
Appcelerator has seen a growth in interest towards Blackberry development . Blackberry developers indicated interest in Business and productivity Application development .
Appcelerator is open for beta registrations until May 21st , and would provide the software on JUNE 1st
Blackberry developers can visit the Appcelerator website and register for the program .