RIM Announces New Developer Tools for BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Pearl Flip
Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the availability of new developer tools for creating and testing applications for the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphones. The developer tools include new versions of the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (BlackBerry JDE) that enable the streamlined development of mobile applications, as well as desktop simulators for the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphones. The new BlackBerry JDE versions and simulators are available as free downloads at www.blackberry.com/developers and will be showcased at the BlackBerry Developer Conference (www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com) on October 20-22, 2008 in Santa Clara, California.
New APIs available with BlackBerry JDE v4.7 that enable developers to take advantage of the new features of the BlackBerry Storm smartphone include:
- Touch-Screen Support – Allow applications with custom user interfaces to receive input from taps, slides and other gestures on a BlackBerry Storm smartphone.
- Orientation and Rotation Support – Enable an application to support portrait and landscape orientations and re-draw the screen when the BlackBerry Storm smartphone is rotated.
- Accelerometer Support – Enable 360 degree motion sensing for advanced gaming applications and other motion-sensitive applications.
- Virtual Keyboard Control – Control when a virtual keyboard is visible to the user within an application, and when the user can show or hide a keyboard within specified screens.
- Camera and Media Integration – Build camera and video recording capabilities into a custom application and add a “Send to” menu option that enables photos or recorded videos to be sent from within the custom application.
- Set Homescreen Background Image – Enable an application to set the background image on a BlackBerry smartphone’s home screen.
“The latest versions of the BlackBerry Java Development Environment present developers with opportunities to create innovative, mobile-savvy applications that take advantage of the robust feature sets of the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphones,” said Alan Brenner, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry platforms at Research In Motion. “Each new BlackBerry smartphone presents an opportunity for mobile developers to create new applications or extend their innovations