Update – Built for BlackBerry and apps built with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK

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One of the most exciting programs we have in place for mobile developers looking to embrace the opportunities provided by BlackBerry® 10 are the Built for BlackBerry program and the $10k commitment. With these programs, applications that meet a certain set of criteria that are submitted to the BlackBerry App World™ storefront, that are approved before January 21st, and that are accepted into the Built for BlackBerry program will be guaranteed to make at least $10,000 in the first year, or RIM® will make up the difference.

There has never been a better time to build for BlackBerry. If you are a web developer, building with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks™ SDK is your path to the Built for BlackBerry program and the $10k commitment.

Now, while BlackBerry App World is accepting application submissions (as of 10/10/2012) for BlackBerry 10, you will want to hold off on submitting your BlackBerry 10 WebWorks applications for just a short while. Using the current publically available BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, you can build, package, and test your application against the current BlackBerry 10 OS builds available in simulators and the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device. However, those same applications will not work in upcoming builds of the BlackBerry 10 OS, so your application would be rejected by the BlackBerry App World team.

Unfortunately, unavoidable changes were made in the underlying web runtime that broke compatibility. Have no fear; the development team is hard at work ensuring that the next release of the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK – due in November – will ensure compatibility moving forward. You will NOT have to change any of your code; this will simply be a repackaging exercise with the new SDK to create an application package that will run correctly on the latest BlackBerry 10 builds.

So hang tight for our next release of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK – which in itself has some cool new features that you will love – and then get submitting to BlackBerry App World!

About Ken W

Ken is the Senior Product Manager for the WebWorks group at BlackBerry. He is responsible for WebWorks tooling and is heavily involved in the Open Source projects at github.com/blackberry and the Apache Cordova community. Ken has a particular interest in trying to bring the internal and external BlackBerry development communities closer together.

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