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RIM Explains What Developers Need to Know About BlackBerry 6 & the Torch 9800

blackberry-torch-slider Developers are really chomping at the bit to get started and see what RIM opened up in BlackBerry 6. There are going to be quite a few opportunities for developers to create some great apps for the updated platform and I am interested to see what they come up with.

RIM posted some good info on their developer blog letting developers know what to expect with BlackBerry 6 and the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Here are some of those articles:

Supporting BlackBerry Widgets on BlackBerry 6 – In this article RIM covers what Widgets do in BlackBerry 6 and the new features afforded to them by the WebKit browser. Nothing crazy new but RIM did offer a JavaScript toolkit that would emulate some of the new features found in BlackBerry 6 on older OS versions.

BlackBerry Torch 9800: What Developers Need to Know! – In this article you will learn a bit about how the new touch screen registers in applications and some new features the 9800 brings to the table. It also explains that the device has 4GB of on board memory for media and can be expanded with up to a 32gb SD card.

The most important takeaway is what they say about the input interface.

Touch screen and trackpad: Touch screen does not utilize SurePress™ – to accommodate in-market apps supporting SurePress, a TouchEvent.DOWN event will also generate TouchEvent.CLICK and TouchEvent.UNCLICK events. So what would’ve previously been a DOWN / UP sequence on previous BlackBerry smartphones supporting touch now results in a DOWN / CLICK / UNCLICK / UP sequence, where the CLICK and UNCLICK events are generated following the DOWN event.

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