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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?

Expect more web apps as RIM launches BlackBerry Widget SDK

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RIM have officially announced its BlackBerry Widget Software Development Kit (SDK), allowing developers to build apps using common web technologies. Included with the SDK is access to BlackBerry Widget APIs and other tools to easily create applications that can be distributed via BlackBerry App World or a BES.

BlackBerry Widget support will be available with BlackBerry OS 5.0, but developers can get a beta release of the Widget SDK today from blackberry.com/developers/widget.

While this SDK will allow developers to easily create web applications, one has to wonder if the apps that will be created will be of the same caliber that you currently see on App World. Apple’s App Store is plagued with what are called “bulk apps,” which are basically templated web apps that congest the market and don’t provide much added value.

There will be more news about BlackBerry Widgets at the BlackBerry Developer Conference and we hope to see you there.

New Theme, New Interface: MacBerry Widgets

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The MacBerry Widgets theme is a premium theme with the interface workings of a modern desktop OS. Take your dock and dashboard experience to your BlackBerry with the MacBerry Widgets theme. Scrolling up, or clicking the wallpaper for Storm users, reveals a hidden set of calendar, message, and weather widgets to help keep you on top of your day.

Get the interface-rich MacBerry Widgets theme for $6.99 from Bplay

Last chance on $50 Amazon gift certificate giveaway!

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Zumobi Contest

We’re wrapping up our Zumobi giveaway tonight, so head on over to our contest, drop your name and e-mail in the form, and you could win one of ten $50 gift certificates to Amazon. Haven’t heard of Zumobi? Well, they’re an up-and-coming free widget platform for your BlackBerry. Already running on Windows Mobile, Zumobi promises to bring content-filled tiles to your handheld which you navigate by zooming in and out on a four-by-four grid. Want to give it a shot? Head on over to http://get.zumobi.com/bbcool on your mobile browser to get going.

10 $50 Amazon Gift Certificates Draw from Zumobi!!

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Zumobi Launch Giveaway on BlackBerry Cool

**UPDATE** Many people have been asking if the Amazon.com Draw is over. We’ll be shutting it down on THURSDAY, JULY 24TH AT 11:59 PM EST, so if you have a friend who hasn’t entered yet, let them know!

Talk about TGI Friday!! In promotion of the release of their mobile widget application for BlackBerry, Zumobi has partnered with BlackBerry Cool to give away ten $50 Amazon.com gift certificates in a random draw. All you have to do is click the link below, submit your name and email address, and you’re eligible to win!

Of course, while you’re waiting to find out if you’ve won, you could read our hands-on impressions of Zumobi for BlackBerry or even download a free copy for yourself. What are you waiting for?

P.S. Everyone please post a comment of thanks to Zumobi for such a sweet giveaway!

Click here to enter your name in the Zumobi Amazon gift certificate draw!

Zumobi available for BlackBerry, we have impressions

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BlackBerry Cool on Zumobi for BlackBerry

We gave you a brief sneak peak during WES in May, but today is the day Zumobi has officially announced their free mobile widget application for BlackBerry. What exactly is a mobile widget application? Look at it this way: the power of the smartphones in the hands of the BlackBerry Nation gives us the ability to update our Facebook, check out cool Flickr images, and maybe even read BlackBerry Cool (ahem), all while on the go. However, tricking out your BlackBerry in such a fashion usually requires a bit of work, or at least a handful of applications. Zumobi gives you the power to do all this and more in one application, using a slick graphical interface of 16 widgets (or ’tiles’ as Zumobi likes to call them) to place all the mobile content you want on one pretty little screen.

Zumobi was kind enough to give us an advance build, as well as an instructional video which should give you a better feel of how the application works. You can find our initial impressions and the video after the jump. Stay tuned tomorrow for the full review, as well as some special prizes we have in store for you on Zumobi’s behalf.

Hit this link in your mobile web browser to download Zumobi for BlackBerry:

http://get.zumobi.com/bbcool

Click here for a Zumobi demo video and hands-on impressions