((All the places worldwide where the 32 BlackBerry® Developer Groups are located!)
In what is becoming an annual tradition, I wanted to share some end of year updates and highlight a few of the accomplishments within the BlackBerry developer community in 2010:
- Over 350,000 registered BlackBerry developers! Welcome to more than 150,000 new developers this year alone.
- Thirty-two BlackBerry Developer Groups around the world established themselves and created unique opportunities for developers to learn and network.
- A series of BlackBerry Developer Days were run around the world. (Due to the overwhelming response, we’ll soon be posting a list of 2011 dates, so check back soon!)
- Engaged with you on our social channels. We are now more than 12,000 followers strong on @BlackBerryDev! The Twitter team has enjoyed the opportunity to provide more support, tips and connect directly with you on a daily basis, and they’ll continue to do so in the new year.
- Announced the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet – a new 7” dual core tablet with full support for uncompromised browsing (Flash 10.1 and HTML5) and an exciting set of development platforms. We are also now accepting BlackBerry PlayBook tablet apps in BlackBerry App World™!
- Free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer – Click the link for all the details, and see the terms and conditions here.
- Now approving apps for the free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer – After announcing the final terms and conditions on December 7, we’ve had over 1,000 vendors register with BlackBerry App World. And now we’re happy to announce that we’ve started approving applications; as soon as the hardware is ready to ship, we’ll send free BlackBerry PlayBook tablets to the vendors with accepted apps (subject, of course, to the full terms and conditions!). Be sure to register for BlackBerry App World and submit your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet apps to qualify!
- Another amazing BlackBerry DEVCON with over 130 sessions and our largest number of attendees ever. Announced the very first BlackBerry DEVCON Asia conference in Bali, Indonesia for January 13-14, 2011.
- The third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Super App Developer Challenge, showcasing some of the best Super Apps from around the world and distributing over $1.5 million in prizing.
- Kicked off the first official celebration of the BlackBerry Developer recognition program announced at BlackBerry DEVCON 2009, recognizing three great BlackBerry developers from around the world – Bryan Tafel, Peter Strange and Eki Baskoro.
- Announced the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform, which will enable applications to take advantage of the unique characteristics of BBM to communicate with friends, family and co-workers. Developers will be able to use a variety of APIs to give their apps read access to BBM contact lists, user profiles and groups.
There was also the launch of numerous developer services, tools and technologies including:
- BlackBerry App World v2.0, enabling carrier billing and credit card billing in over 70 countries worldwide – including an industry leading webstore that allows purchases to be made directly on the desktop and sideloaded to the device.
- BlackBerry Advertising Service, enabling new opportunities for developers to generate revenue with their applications.
- Launched a completely revamped browser on BlackBerry® 6 based on WebKit, with strong support for advanced standards including HTML5 and CSS3.
- BlackBerry 6, with its new user interface APIs, barcode APIs, and new Super App APIs including integration with Universal Search.
- BlackBerry Locate service to compliment the BlackBerry® Maps service, allowing developers to easily add context to their applications.
- BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR® (Windows, Mac and Linux)
- BlackBerry® Push Service, an essential component of the real-time, always-on experience of BlackBerry smartphones.
- BlackBerry® Java® Plug-in for Eclipse® and BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse Tech Preview for Mac OS X, both containing new features that leverage the Eclipse environment and streamline testing with device simulators.
- BlackBerry Developer Zone Portal, where developers can register and get access to all of the BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 sessions for free!
It has been an incredibly busy and exciting year for the platform and developer relations teams here at Research In Motion® (RIM®). This was a year of making it easier to be a BlackBerry developer – from making it easier to generate revenue through commercial services to removing barriers to getting the tools and leveraging BlackBerry App World. This year also included my first trip to Asia and learning about the growing opportunities for our developer community in that market along with over 180 countries worldwide that sell BlackBerry smartphones.
I am very excited about 2011 and am looking forward to sharing that success with each of you. We will be taking a little time off on the blog until the New Year to celebrate the end of the year and prepare for a stellar 2011. We’ll be back in action the week of January 4th! If you have a chance over the holidays, please post a comment with suggestions or feedback, as we love receiving input from the community.