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RIM Announces BlackBerry Java SDK Beta for BlackBerry 7

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Hot on the heels of the BlackBerry 9900 series announcement, comes the Java SDK beta for BlackBerry 7 OS. The SDK takes advantage of the advanced hardware found under the hood of the new Bold Touch such as the magnetometer, NFC, video capture, and Open GL .

Scheduled for release at the end of May, the SDK also has some new APIs on the software side of things like Unified Search, maps, menu items, multimedia, barcodes and options.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are slated for release summer 2011, this SDK update will allow developers to optimize their apps for the powerful new device.

Read more about the Java SDK Beta at Inside BlackBerry

An Overview of OS 6.1, Next Generation of Super Apps, BlackBerry Platform Development and More

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BlackBerry OS Roadmap
BlackBerry Application Development Roadmap

At the BlackBerry Developer Day RIM had several slides for developers that did everything from outline the BlackBerry Platform at large, to some specifics about OS 6.1 and the roadmap for 2011. From the slides, we can see that RIM sees the next generation (read OS 6.1) of apps will leverage the following:

  • Super App status
  • BBM Social Platform
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Augmented Reality
  • Enhanced Map APIs
  • Barcode APIs

It’s great that RIM is opening up these APIs and features because they will not only complement existing apps, but some developers will find ways of using 1 or 2 of these features to create an excellent app for the BlackBerry Platform. Click through for more slides and info you may have missed.
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Bank of America Testing NFC Payments With Mobile Wallet Program

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bank of america mobile payments

Back at Mobile World Congress 2011, we heard RIM talk a lot about NFC payments and the fact that we’ll be seeing them on BlackBerrys this year. Following this news, we’re now hearing that Bank of America has started a new trial program called Mobile Wallet, that lets you make payments from your BlackBerry to any location where Mastercard’s PayPass is accepted. To use the program, you need a BlackBerry as well as a battery cover with a special antenna and a microSD card. The program will go live this Spring.

Read more about the upcoming program at this link.

RIM’s Andrew Bocking Talks NFC at Mobile World Congress 2011

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At Mobile World Congress 2011, RIM’s Andrew Bocking talked about NFC and what that means for users and businesses. There are a ton of different ways that NFC can be used including Bluetooth style picture transfers, mobile payments and any scenario where your phone’s proximity to something pulls or pushes data.
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“Many, If Not Most” BlackBerry Handsets in 2011 Will Have NFC Support

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NFC payments

Jim B had some pretty awesome news that he snuck into his Mobile World Congress keynote this morning. During the keynote, he said “many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets in 2011 will have NFC support. RIM hasn’t clarified as to how the funds will be processed, or what sort of access developers will have in terms of APIs, but the statement shows that RIM is on the right track. The idea of being able to swipe your BlackBerry at the cash rather than fumble around in your wallet sounds awesome. Countries like South Korea already have a huge adoption of this kind of technology and it will be great to see Western adoption.

Monilink offers BlackBerry banking app

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Monilink

Banking via mobile sites can take a long time over EDGE networks, but anyone in the UK can now enjoy Monetise’s newest application, Monilink. Many major banks like Natwest and HSBC are already signed on, with many more on the way. Soon they’ll be able to send out text alerts when your bank balance getting dangerously low – certainly a healthy reminder to have for the big spenders out there. A service that British ATMs already offer is mobile top-ups, which Monilink will also provide. Prepaid BlackBerrys might not be popular, but they’re out there and could stand to benefit. Sound promising? There’s more on the way.

“Monitise expects to announce the availability of its services in other territories across the world, as well as the introduction of a range of new services, including inter-account transfers, peer to peer payments, bill settlement, international remittances and contactless (Near Field Communication) payments.”

(via Finextra)