RIM announces BlackBerry OpenGL ES support, new deal with Adobe and more
Research in Motion has just announced a bunch of new things for the BlackBerry platform – starting with OpenGL ES support, which will allow BlackBerry developers to create cool 3D graphics and games.
Next we have a new RIM-Adobe collaboration that should allow app developers and creative professionals to use Adobe Creative Suite content and the Adobe Flash Platform technology for creating BlackBerry applications and content.
Starting with version 5, Adobe Creative Suite will let you import content from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects into BlackBerry application development tools. More about the RIM-Adobe collaboration can be found here.
Other new things announced by RIM:
- BlackBerry Advertising Service – it will provide devs with the ability to integrate ads into their BlackBerry apps. Ads from renown advertising networks (Jumptap, Navteq, Lat49, Millennial Media, 1020 Placecast, Quattro Wireless, Sympatico.ca) will be served. RIM expects to launch BlackBerry Advertising Service and a SDK for it in the first half of 2010.
- BlackBerry Payment Service, which should be launched in mid 2010, enabling “in-application transactions and streamlined payment processes”.
- BlackBerry Push Service – generally available in the first half of 2010, it “allows developers and content providers to deliver time-sensitive alerts and up to 8 KB of data to applications.” More info here.
- New Location Services: Cell Site Geolocation (”an alternative to GPS, providing an estimate of a smartphone’s location based on cell tower triangulation”), Travel Time (“incorporate estimated travel time within their applications for almost any destination in the US and Canada”), and Reverse Geocoding.
- BlackBerry Theme Studio, which replaces the Plazmic Content Developer’s Kit and includes BlackBerry Theme Builder and BlackBerry Composer; it allows developers to easily design themes, illustrations and animations. BlackBerry Theme Studio can be downloaded for free form here.