Research in Motion (RIM) has revealed its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system, making a toolkit available to developers to begin work on building apps ahead of its public launch later this year.
At the manufacturer's BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida, Alec Saunders, VP for developer relations and ecosystems development, said the OS would allow developers to produce 'cutting-edge apps'. BlackBerry 10 is seen as a key part of the manufacturer's fightback and its delayed launch has been seen as contributing to its poor recent results.
Christopher Smith, VP for handheld application platform and tools at RIM, said: 'There is tremendous interest, anticipation and momentum building toward the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices, and today we're extremely excited to release the BlackBerry 10 developer beta tools for general use.' Developers will be able to write apps using a range of programming code, including HTML5.
Saunders added: 'BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world today. Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and 'wow' customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform.'
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