RIM launches BlackBerry 10 platform to developers

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Handset manufacturer makes available initial application developer toolkit in advance of the platform’s release later this year, available in beta as a free download 

Research In Motion has unveiled its BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida.

The handset manufacturer has made available its toolkit in beta as a free download to give developers the tools to build applications in advance of the platform’s release later this year.

Applications created with any of the BlackBerry 10 tools will run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets when the new platform becomes available for the PlayBook.

RIM vice president of developer relations and ecosystems development Alec Saunders said: “Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow’ customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform.”

RIM vice president of handheld application platform and tools Christopher Smith added: “There is tremendous interest, anticipation and momentum building toward the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices, and today we’re extremely excited to release the BlackBerry 10 developer beta tools for general use.”

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