With the announcement of the new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9930 smartphone at the BlackBerry® World™ conference, I wanted to provide an overview of the devices from the perspective of the developer, in order to help developers understand what opportunities these new smartphones provide.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone and the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone are the first BlackBerry® smartphones to support BlackBerry® 7, and also the first BlackBerry smartphones to feature a touch interface on a traditional BlackBerry form factor.
Key features for developers:
- VGA (640 x 480) screen resolution
- 32-bit color (24 bits of color and 8 bits of transparency)
- 1.2 GHz Processor
- 8 GB of onboard memory, with microSD support for up to 32GB
- 4G networks; the 9900 supports HSPA+ connectivity, and the 9930 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks.
- Dedicated 3D OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 and dedicated 2D OpenVG 1.1 graphics hardware (41 million triangles/sec, 245 million 3D pixels/sec)
- NFC (Near Field Communications), enabling reading and emulating of virtual tags for data transfer and creation of rich solutions for payment and m-commerce.
- Magnetometer / Digital Compass, enabling augmented reality and advanced mapping solutions
- 5 MP camera with support for 720p HD video recording and playback
- Support for additional HTML5 elements, such as HTML5 Video
User agent for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone:
- Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9900; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.11+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0.0 Mobile Safari/534.11+
User agent for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone:
- Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9930; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.11+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0.0 Mobile Safari/534.11+
Java developers can check out the BlackBerry 7 developer page for more information on the new APIs and to download the new tools needed to get started.