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BlackBerry DevCon 2011 Keynote Highlights


Here are some of the highlights so far. I will try to keep this updated as the keynote stretches out!

More than 50 million BBM Users

More than a billion App World downloads

25 million downloads of the first 200 bbm connected apps

Foursquare saw 200,000 downloads in one day once adding BBM SDK connectivity

POSIX compliance comes with standards

Adds standard open source libraries. They are planning on porting all system/platform/standard and opensource libraries so that developers can include them as part of their application. If enough devs use them they will include them in the system.

Marmalade is showing off laura croft tomb raider to the PlayBook

Unity was showing off a side scrolling PlayBook game rendered in 3d which was impressive

George Staikos, the founder of Torch Mobile just got on stage to talk about the HTML5 environment that RIM is pushing

They just showed off OpenGL (WebGL) running in the PlayBook browser with a game that RIM created

TAT is now showing off their User Interface framework Cascades on the PlayBook.

They are showing off some pretty cool picture apps and a visualization of 300,000 emails shown in a chart.

RIM is now talking up BlackBerry Balance where it doesn’t look any different

Balance will work on all BlackBerry 7 devices and the PlayBook soon.

RIM is showing off a BlackBerry PlayBook provisioned on a BlackBerry BES

There is no extra work done by developers for BlackBerry Balance

Everything is put in a specific partition based on if it is work or personal.

Next version of PlayBook will have a Work category for enterprises to manage. A shell for your companies app catalog

Apps can either be native or HTML5 which works

RIM is now showing off Citrix Receiver as an enterprise product. Nice and fluid.

We are now seeing the numbers from App World which are impressive. Confirming that BlackBerry devs make more money on average. Apps also get more downloads on average. More on that soon.

Alec Saunders, The new VP of dev relations just got on stage

As we heard rumored before RIM has a new BlackBerry Jam with three new programs. They just announced some Jammies which are their recognition awards for developers. Should be interesting.

Native PlayBook games were the top three grossing apps in App World last week

Native SDK just came out. Same with Android repackager

RIM is putting a bunch of native opensource libraries for the native SDK on their github page

Adobe’s Danny Winokur just got on stage

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 developer preview is coming today. Free PlayBooks at DevCon have the option to be loaded with this new preview OS.

Showing off some full hardware accelerated 3D games in Flash on the PlayBook which is available on PlayBook 2.0

Showing off Zombie Tycoon

Just confirmed that App World is the second most profitable mobile app store behind iOS but in front of Android Market.

Everybody should be able to get PlayBook 2.0 beta today

Alec just started trashing all the BlackBerry Myths that developers are being hammered with. Ill share the slides soon.

Alec just tried explaining the strategy for BBX as one of the things developers have been complaining about. He explained the strategy as anything that runs on the PlayBook with Native, HTML5, or WebWorks will run on BBX devices so you can continue forward.  I think that includes Flash.

OK so that is the main highlights but there are a bunch of things that we still need to post that need slides to explain. Keep an eye out for that.

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  1. this can’t be all……….

  2. seriously….

  3. Yeah more stuff coming though keep an eye on the other posts. More coming soon. 🙂

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