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BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK Updated and Available

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When RIM held the BlackBerry Tablet SDK webcasts it was obvious that there were many questions that were still being worked out when it came to the specific capabilities and APIs of the tablet. RIM just sent out an update letting everyone know that the tablet SDK has been updated and the latest version is available for download. The latest version of the tablet SDK doesn’t have anything major, but rather it now supports Windows 7.

Grab the latest version of the PlayBook SDK from BlackBerry.com.

Nexage Sets Bar for RIM Ad SDK with Ad-Supported Apps Getting 95%+ Fill Rate

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Nexage announced that they have integrated with apps such as crunchSMS, ÜberTwitter, and ScoreMobile, and they have increased their fill rates to 95+%. For example, ÜberTwitter, which launched a new version of its application with Nexage Mediation in July 2010, watched its fill rate jump from 60% to 98+% in August, 2010.

It should be interesting to see how these advertising services perform with respect to RIM’s ad service, and whether developers will jump ship. Also, it’s been shown on other platforms that in-app purchasing results in more revenue for developers, so the ad-supported app route isn’t necessarily a good direction for developers. On the other hand, apps like Poynt rely on ad revenue and are apparently happy with RIM’s offerings.

CTIA 2010: AppMobi Announces Cross Platform Developer Kit for Web Developers

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Creating web apps that perform and look like native apps is a hot trend right now in the industry. Joe Monastiero, VP at AppMobi, announced this morning at the iHollywood Forum, a pre-CTIA event, that their new cross-platform mobile application development framework is available for web and mobile developers to start using.

AppMobi’s Cross Platform Developer kit allows developers to use existing web development tools to create native mobile apps. With the XDK, native iPhone, iPad, and Android apps can be created with any tool that can edit web pages – such as DreamWeaver, Eclipse, or Visual Studio.
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RIM Announces Java SDK to Support BlackBerry 6 with Torch Simulators

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Some developers have already let us know that their apps are available for BlackBerry 6 including S4BB. It’s good to know that when you get your first BlackBerry Torch, there are developers out there who want to be catering to the early adopters. To help push more development for the device, RIM has made the BlackBerry Java SDK v6.0 available along with device simulators.

The BlackBerry Java SDK v6.0 takes advantage of new UI features, offers deeper integration with BlackBerrys, access to new and enhanced services and support for rendering and porting content to the new WebKit-based browser. BlackBerry 6 offers more than 40 new APIs that allow developers to build even better apps for the Torch. The press release outlines some new BlackBerry 6 features and details about how the SDK supports them:
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Develop VoIP Applications for BlackBerry With the FGVoIP SDK

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The BlackBerry app economy is picking up steam and with the announcement of carrier and credit card billing, we can expect an even bigger uptake in the market. Now is a better time than ever to get started building BlackBerry apps and a company called fg microtech have a VoIP SDK to help you make something new and creative.

There isn’t much in the way of VoIP on BlackBerry and it’s very hot right now in the smartphone space. With the FGVoIP Engine, developers can integrate a third party VoIP technology with high-quality full duplex media processing capabilities into applications they build for the BlackBerry platform

The fgVoIP Engine SDK will be available in early May. For licensing, pricing and further information, head over to their site.

RIM Widget SDK does not support camera or native mapping

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Rhomobile make open source development software that allows a developer to build great native software with more familiar code. The company recently wrote about the launch of RIM’s Widget SDK on their blog, and it points out the fact that web development for mobile is a trend in the industry.

From their blog: “The good news for us is that RIM’s announcement is just part of a much larger trend. Nokia also does this with their Web Runtime toolkit. iPhone developers have many options to use web skills for rich native apps: either our Rhodes framework or frameworks such as PhoneGap, Corona, Titanium or Nimblekit. Android developers can write native apps with HTML using Rhodes, PhoneGap, Corona or Titanium. With third party JavaScript libraries such as JQTouch for iPhone and Android (which we highly recommend and use often in combination with Rhodes apps) such apps can have all the animated pop and dazzle of something you might write in Objective C. Without the pain of throwing away 25 years of progress in more advanced programming languages.

To take a closer look at what RIM has delivered it does appear that it’s still a subset of what we offer with no camera support and no native mapping. The big difference however is that we’re the only framework available for all smartphones and the only framework that provides synchronization (an easy way to enable current information to be available locally on user’s devices even when they are offline). I’m excited about seeing BlackBerry developers use the Widget SDK to learn “web-based for native” and then be that much more ready to use our framework on other devices and to upgrade what they’ve done for BlackBerries to be true enterprise apps, complete with synchronized data.”

Interesting that Rhomobile points out the SDK has no camera or native mapping support. While the camera and maps are not all that common in a basic app, it is still very limiting to not offer the services for developers. Have any developers out there began delving into the Widget SDK to confirm?