By 24 June 2011 | Categories: news


BlackBerry holding company Research In Motion (RIM) has introduced version 2.1 of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS. This latest release adds new application functionality that developers can leverage to create WebWorks applications that deliver a more interactive end user experience.

BlackBerry WebWorks SDK is the toolset that enables developers to build applications using standard web technologies for the BlackBerry WebWorks Platform. BlackBerry WebWorks is RIM’s open source, mobile web platform that allows developers to create standalone, integrated applications for BlackBerry devices.

The new APIs give more development leverage to app developers and enable them to accomplish more on several key fronts:

With support for the BlackBerry In App Payment API developers can now include In App Payment Services as part of their applications. This enables them to sell digital goods directly from their BlackBerry PlayBook applications.

More ways to integrate

Developers can now further integrate their applications with the functionality of the Tablet OS for PlayBook and can create new BlackBerry experiences that leverage the PlayBook’s professional grade features.

Among the new APIs that enable deeper integration are:

  • Camera API for taking pictures/video taping from within the WebWorks applications with the PlayBook’s powerful dual HD cameras
  • Microphone API which developers can use to activate the capability to record audio with the PlayBook’s microphone
  • Identity API provides applications with the ability to retrieve information about the BlackBerry PlayBook PIN
  • File IO API which gives developers the possibility to read, copy and write files onto the Tablet OS file system.

More Development Choices

In addition to JavaScript many Tablet OS WebWorks APIs can now be called using AJAX, which allows for increased development flexibility for developers who prefer a RESTful or URI implementation.

The new File Properties API, Home Screen Category and App Securities Permissions also enable deeper app integration with the BlackBerry PlayBook and expand development choices.


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