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.
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 🙂