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BlackBerry Adds "Background Apps" & More to Native/Cascades Roadmaps

Release roadmap - Native SDK for BB10 and PlayBook - BlackBerry Developer-000132

BlackBerry has updated the roadmaps for both the BlackBerry 10 Native and Cascades SDK to include some goodies. Sadly most of them do not have a defined date set for release but at least BlackBerry has gone public that they are coming. The main one I want to highlight is what they call “Headless Apps.” Essentially these are apps that can run in the background without a user interface or showing up in your active tiles. For example, this could be a utility that launches at boot and rejects any calendar invites from your boss. 🙂 Here is how they describe it:

Ability to launch an app without a UI based on certain events. Examples of events that can trigger the launch of a headless app include device boot, app install, SMS/MMS/Email notifications and Phone and Sensor events.

Release road map - Cascades for BB 10 - BlackBerry Developer-000133

Other updates worth mentioning are Cascades getting the ability to easily load images from a URL in the UI along with emoticons and custom fonts. The Native SDK is also getting a speed boost for build and deploy time along with updating to Eclipse CDT 8.0.2. They also have the Visual Studio plugin going gold and supporting Visual Studio 12.

Now we just need the arrival boards to show a date other than TBD 🙂

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  1. I’m glad BlackBerry has decided to take background apps. To the next level. It would be nice to be able to reboot your device and have options come up. Or, swipe up from the lockscreen and see your agenda for the day.

  2. I can’t find this information anywhere on blackberrys website in their release notes? I built a task app (bhive tasks) for BB10 and its pretty much useless until I can run it in background on startup and show notifications when a task is due… I need this feature! Can anyone confirm the source?

  3. I would speak to them since I think there is a way to sort of do it now. I know for a fact that Android Player apps already do it natively. Definitely worth checking further into.

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