RIM releases widget SDK for BlackBerry developers

by Mike
Posted October 6th, 2009 at 7:47 am

One of my biggest complaints with BlackBerries, and the main reason I’ve moved on to the iPhone and soon Android is the fact that the OS feels old. Sure there are tons of themes to pretty it up, but at the end of the day even the leaked 5.0 beta is essentially the same 4.1 OS from years before. RIM is taking baby steps in the right direction however with their release of an official BlackBerry widget SDK. The widgets will pull from several languages including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Also included in this new release are widget API’s that will be able to tie into other native BlackBerry applications making the widgets even more useful. In order to take advantage of BB widgets when they do become available you’ll need a BlackBerry running OS 5.0+ as well as a browser that supports Gears, SQLite and the BlackBerry Widget APIs.

Even though I knock the BlackBerry for being the old guy in a room full of young hippies, I am excited to see how these widgets will be used and ultimately how they will look, and blend in with the rest of the BB environment. Excited?

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