Super Apps Series: Getting Started

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Super Apps. Ever since the concept was introduced earlier this year, you’ve been hearing all about them, and some common questions have been swirling: What are they? How do I make one? Is my app a Super App?

Over the course of the next few months, you’ll be privy to two parallel series of blog posts, detailing everything you need to know about building Super Apps, be it web- or Java®-based. With the third annual BlackBerry® Partners Fund Developer Challenge focusing on Super Apps this year, the timing couldn’t be any better.

To date, you’ve heard a lot about the characteristics of Super Apps; they’re proactive and notification-driven, highly contextualized, social and connected, and designed for efficiency. They should be designed to provide an always-on experience and tight integration with native apps. I’d like to take time to focus on a different area of the Super Apps concept with this series of blog posts. I’m going to focus on the tasks that an application can perform, explaining how to implement those features, and relating them back to the characteristics of Super Apps.

So whether you want to learn about push, are wondering how location awareness can augment your application experience, or are just looking to offload some work to the native apps, you’re definitely in the right place. By the time we’re done with this series of posts, you’ll have learned everything you need to know about making your app a Super App!

And speaking of needing to know – what are some other questions you have about the concept of Super Apps? Post a comment and let us know!

About Brian Z.

Brian joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2005 working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who specialize in Bluetooth, GPS, multimedia, and gaming. As a senior member of the Developer Relations Team, it's Brian's mandate to not only support the application development efforts for a number of ISVs, but also to act as a voice at RIM for third party application developers. Like RIM, Brian's roots are in the enterprise world, but over the past couple of years he's quickly adapted to the consumer space, and that's where he spends most of his time today.

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