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BlackBerry 10 USB Host & Bluetooth Accessories Coming! (USB & Bluetooth APIs)


RIM has teased us with USB host and other accessories for awhile now but it looks like they are finally coming. One of the unscheduled sessions at BlackBerry 10 Jam is a GRP101 – Roundtable: BlackBerry 10 USB and Bluetooth Extensibility. There three RIM employees will be discussing how accessories can connect over USB or Bluetooth. This includes:

  • Learn about the USB APIs for BlackBerry 10 (e.g. USB Host-Mode Serial Device, Android Accessory Protocol etc.
  • Discover Bluetooth APIs for BlackBerry 10 (e,g. Serial Port Profile, Device Discovery, etc.)
  • Offer feedback to product managers on the usefulness of these technologies

The Android Accessory Protocol is totally new along with RIM letting developers share their own feedback. I just love how these APIs are already a given with BlackBerry 10. Now if only I could fast forward and get a copy on my PlayBook… Here is how RIM describes the session they will be covering:

Accessories connected over Bluetooth® and USB can augment input and output mechanisms for many users. BlackBerry® 10 is capable of supporting these accessories. There are currently devices that work with BlackBerry out of the box, but sometimes the technology requires greater control using APIs. Join us for discussion to learn what’s possible and available.

The speakers are

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  1. Ronen always has good stuffs to share. Really missed you in the last couple of weeks while you seemed away quite often.

  2. Thanks John. I was out for the Passover holiday and the rest of the team was holding up the fort. Can’t wait to get down to Orlando.

  3. I want a flash for my camera thru the USB.

  4. awesome job Ronen as always

  5. Bring on the usb connectivity to my 3 terrabyte portable drive….

  6. I hope they release a Playbook update after the session that gives us USB OTG. An updated driver was included in the last update.

  7. do you have any updates on blackberry london, and when a release is possible. trying to hang on being a blackberry user, and hoping its sooner than later

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