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BlackBerry 10 Native SDK Released With New API’s & Visual Studio Plugin

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RIM has released the first version of the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK. This new SDK adds API and IDE improvements. Some of the new API’s include:

  • Scoreloop™ SDK 2.0: Our Scoreloop social gaming SDK provides APIs to set up user profiles and global leaderboards, award achievements, and challenge other players. Game developers in particular can enhance their games by adding cool new functionality for social gaming.
  • Push Management APIs: At the heart of the BlackBerry platform is our Push technology. In order to allow developers to create Push-based apps, we are releasing Push Management APIs.
  • Payment APIs: Our payment APIs will help facilitate the integration of in-app payment processing mechanisms in apps.
  • Battery Monitoring and LED Control: These APIs will give apps access to hardware components on the device. Battery monitoring in particular will allow our applications to read the battery level, so they can inform their users about potential loss of data if the battery level is too low to complete an activity. It also allows an app to register for battery level notifications so that it can receive low battery warnings and handle them accordingly.

RIM is also releasing a limited beta of the new BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio for developers who use that IDE. It works with Visual Studio 10 Standard and Pro. Check it out at:

https://bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/native/download

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