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BlackBerry news & announcements from Alliance Summit

May 2, 2011

I’m attending BlackBerry World and today is the Alliance Summit for RIM Alliance Partners. Here are some notes around interesting news, announcements and updates from RIM.

Enterprise Mobility

  • RIM has acquired  mobile device management company Ubitexx to extend what BES can do.
  • New BlackBerry Balance feature to avoid compromising device security in consumer & social app scenarios.
  • Store within a store for enterprises.

Some (fairly developer-specific) highlights from BlackBerry World’s Alliance Summit:

  • Native C++ SDK for PlayBook available mid-year
  • BlackBerry App World on every device
  • Devices will also include BlackBerry ID set up for payment, carrier billing and federated identity (with carriers); including support for prepaid airtime etc.
  • Android Player – run Android apps on the PlayBook. Apps still submitted to AppWorld – there won’t be integration with Google Marketplace. No support for NDK/C++ integration. Demo (apparently the first outside RIM) included the IMDB app – performance looked good.
  • Webtrend-powered app analytics

BlackBerry 7 Smartphone OS

  • New Liquid Graphics UI
  • Digital Compass & NFC
  • HD Playback and recording

BBM Social Platform

  • 43+ mm active users
  • 2+ mm users a month
  • 100+ bn messages a month
  • Can be embedded directly within in app

BlackBerry App World 3.0

  • Support for subscription billing – PayPal, Credit Card and Carrier billing
  • Country level pricing
  • Simple API for developers in Java, Adobe AIR and WebWorks apps
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