One of the most requested features for BlackBerry 10 apps has been the ability to run applications in the background without an active frame. Many apps from instant messaging clients to notification utilities would benefit from such a feature and BlackBerry has promised it is coming soon. We mentioned earlier that BlackBerry has a session at BlackBerry Jam 2013 next week about the new “JAM47 – Background Services – Event Driven Processing for your Application.” Now they have further confirmed “The Rise of Headless Apps” with a post by Shadid on the BlackBerry DevBlog.
This session is definitely going to be the one any serious BlackBerry developer will be attending at BlackBerry Jam. Quite a few developers are already using background services in their apps from native apps to apps like WhatsApp. Now it is just a matter of BlackBerry opening up the door to more developers without allowing them to adversely impact battery life. I totally get why BlackBerry did not want that coming out the gate but I am glad to see it is almost here.
Just as a reminder this is the session to be at:
JAM47 – Background Services – Event Driven Processing for your Application
- Russell Andrade – Product Manager, Native SDK, BlackBerry
- Shadid Haque – Sr. Application Development Consultant, BlackBerry
The session will discuss the brand new Background Services framework which allows developers to bundle a separate process with their application to run in the background without a UI. Learn the basics of how this framework works, learn some guidelines about when to use it and when not to, and learn about the experiences of existing app partners that successfully deployed a background service and lessons learned from their projects.