BlackBerry Java SDK v7.1 – Now in Beta!

Java Development

As a follow-up to the blog post Developer Roadmap: BlackBerry® BBX and the BlackBerry® Java® SDK, I’m pleased to announce that the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.1 is now in beta for both the BlackBerry® Java® Plug-in for Eclipse® and the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment on Windows®, with Mac support expected to arrive soon.

The primary API features of this release are:

  • NFC Peer-to-Peer API, allowing applications to share files and other data through NFC technology initiated communication with Bluetooth® handover.
  • FM radio API, which is designed to give applications the ability to manipulate FM tuner settings on BlackBerry smartphones with supporting hardware.
  • Profiles API, which brings more Super App features to applications, allowing them to query current profile settings and adjust their own application behaviour accordingly; or, conversely, intelligently change the current profile to match the user’s current activities.

BlackBerry 7.1 OS will be available as an update for in-market devices running the BlackBerry® 7 OS, and will also be available on future BlackBerry smartphones that will be running v7.1.

This beta release of the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.1 includes a simulator for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone running 7.1 OS, but developers leveraging net.rim.device.api.browser.field2.BrowserField are encouraged to also download an updated standalone version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 simulator , which is designed to include a more stable environment for browser-based development.

To begin developing with these new features of the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.1 and to download the simulators for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone running OS 7.1, check out the BlackBerry 7 page on BlackBerry Developer Zone.

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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