Blackberry launches WebWorks SDK beta for tablet OS and smartphones

Research in Motion (RIM) has launched a beta version of new development tools for the Blackberry tablet operating system (OS) and Blackberry smartphones.

Research in Motion (RIM) has launched a beta version of new development tools for the Blackberry tablet operating system (OS) and Blackberry smartphones.

The Blackberry WebWorks software development kit (SDK) for the Blackberry tablet OS and new developer tools for the firm's smartphones provide greater support for developers working on the Blackberry application platform, said RIM.

David Yach, CTO for software at RIM, said: "With Blackberry WebWorks, developers will be able to use standard web technologies to build powerful, integrated applications quickly and easily for both Blackberry smartphones and the Blackberry Playbook tablet. And the GitHub open source project around Blackberry WebWorks means more support for developers, enabling them to fully participate in defining the future of this platform and tooling."

What new features are included?

Blackberry WebWorks SDK for tablet OS

- WebKit web rendering engine to support HTML5, CSS and Javascript

- Access to native dialogs, application invocation and system information

- Command-line tool allows developers to use any web development environment to develop WebWorks applications

- Automatic transformation of a W3C widget archive file containing web assets into a WebWorks application package

- Integrated application that support Blackberry smartphones running Blackberry 6 OS.

Tools for Blackberry smartphones

- Blackberry Payment service allows developers to monetise applications by incorporating subscription options, feature unlocking and pay per use

- Updated Blackberry Push Service SDK (v1.0.1) improves management of push operations for content providers. A new subscription check API makes statistic gathering and query capabilities simpler

- Blackberry Java plug-in eclipse (v1.3) includes new features to make Java development more productive on the Blackberry platform.

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