Hey, with all the BlackBerry Storm news that gets ‘leaked’ each day, it’s nice to see that we’re nearing the point where RIM will officially acknowledge the BlackBerry Storm to the public. Our good friend Ronen got his hands on a RIM PartnerZone release which discusses the APIs RIM will be giving to developers to take advantage of all those neat OS 4.7 features (virtual keyboard APIs anyone?). In addition, you can see what kind of web browsing capabilities the BlackBerry Storm will be packing.
The upcoming BlackBerry® Storm™ is the first touch screen BlackBerry smartphone from Research In Motion and it builds upon a variety of existing BlackBerry features and capabilities to produce a truly compelling touch experience. With the BlackBerry Storm, RIM will introduce a version of software (v4.7) that delivers a new set of APIs and capabilities for third party developers including:
1) Enhancements to the existing RIM User Interface APIs to provide support for touch and gestures including proper handling of multi-touch events.
2) Support for MIDP applications that leverage touch.
3) Virtual keyboard APIs
4) Enhanced and open GPS APIs on all networks
In addition to the new API capabilities, your Browser-based applications will build upon the browser capabilities released in v4.6.0 including:
For third party developers, one of the unique features of the BlackBerry Storm is its compatibility mode which provides an operating environment for existing 3rd party applications that are not implemented to support touch. This feature will automatically convert the touch events into existing trackball events. When an application is executing in compatibility mode, a virtual keyboard will be shown at all times for text input to mimic the physical keyboard on previous devices and will only support portrait mode.
* Improved web page rendering including AJAX
* CSS 2.1
* DOM L2 (including Core, HTML, Style, Events)
* HTML 4.01 (including Forms, Maps, Tables, Frames, Objects)
* Improved Native Attachment Download
* Support for downloading files via the browser
– Screen Resolution: 480×360
– Virtual Keyboard: SureType (Portrait Mode) and Full Keyboard (Landscape Mode)
– Networking: Global network support (2G/3G)
– Memory: Embedded Memory
For all BlackBerry Alliance partners, RIM will be providing access to developer documentation, the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) v4.7 and the BlackBerry Storm simulator in October to enable development and testing of your applications on this new and compelling smartphone.