Developers Get the OS 6 Support They Need

Developers have finally gotten the tools from Research In Motion (RIM) that they need to start working on optimizing their applications for BlackBerry OS 6. Since the company announced the August 12th release data of the all new BlackBerry Torch 9800 and the new operating system today, it made sense that they also have just released a device simulator for the Torch. This will allow developers to test their apps on their computers. RIM also announced the release of the OS 6 Java SDK and a Widget SDK. It looks like a whole new batch of apps and themes will be in the works now. Hopefully, we will get to see some of them by the time the new Torch comes out.

So what exactly does the new OS 6 Java SDK promise? Pre-built user interface elements to speed up the development process and ensure consistency between apps and the operating system. Oh, and HTML5 gets a nod as RIM wants to see better mobile versions of sites for its smartphones. A bunch of new navigation features are also included, and now every app can quickly figure out an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for when you are on the go.

What is most interesting though is the new Widget SDK. Designed for complete compatibility between BlackBerry OS 5 and 6, these widgets may be the future of app development. From the Blackberry Developer Blog, “BlackBerry Widgets are small, discrete, standalone web applications that use HTML, CSS and JavaScript®. They look, behave and have the same security mechanisms as a native BlackBerry smartphone application.” What is even cooler about these widgets is that you can install them onto your BlackBerry just like a native application. They can even use data from your phone like a normal app. Basically, they are web pages on steroids.

Excited that we will be getting a look at some BlackBerry OS 6 apps hopefully soon now that the tools are out to port them over? What about these BlackBerry Widgets? Is RIM making the right move by pushing them so heavily? Sound off and let us know.

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