RIM BlackBerry 7 SDK Made Available to Developers; Supports AR and NFC

June 3, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you have noticed, developers and BlackBerry lovers across the globe appear a happy lot these days. The scenario follows RIM’s announcement that they are pushing their BlackBerry Java SDK V7.0 beta to the developer community. The SDK includes simulators for many of their latest additions to its product line, such as the Bold 9900 and Bold 9930.

While giving it away to the developers, the company has also announced that the BlackBerry App World Storefront has started adopting submission of apps developed for the BlackBerry 7 platform. The new SDK enables a set of new features gearing up to be introduced in future devices. However, it seems that the present devices will not be getting a major share of this new experience. Head here to get it.

The most commendable features of the new SDK are the new capabilities of Augmented Reality and Open GL ES 2.0 support. RIM expects the developer community will combine these new features to create high quality app experience for BlackBerry 7 platform users.

Support for Augmented Reality apps and send menu API are among the new features offered by the new SDK. However, it is also learnt that with the new SDK, developers can integrate images captured in a camera with other graphics already available so as to make better visuals. It can also enable content to be sent from apps using Messenger or Black Berry Messenger Social platform.

One of the most notable points among the features is the addition of Near Field Communication (NFC) ability. This feature will enable the apps to read and write information on smart tags which will enhance the usability of the devices.

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