BlackBerry Native SDK 2.0 Beta 3 for Tablet OS Ready to Rock & Roll!

Native SDK Development

It’s here – the third beta release for the BlackBerry® Native SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS is now available for download! Additions and improvements to tooling, APIs and developer documentation are all included in this update for your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet OS 2.0 beta 3 native development.

Looking at the games in the BlackBerry App World™ storefront over the last few weeks, we’ve seen some amazing native game titles launching. Last month we had three Angry Birds titles from Rovio Entertainment Ltd., and ZeptoLab UK Ltd. just brought “Cut The Rope HD” to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet last week during the 2012 International CES conference in Las Vegas (check out the Inside BlackBerry Blog post!). Native game development for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet brings the best of cross-platform native standards support and the power of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS coupled with the most important ingredient of all…awesome game developers pushing it to its limits!

We’ve been working closely with many different companies and individual developers porting their existing titles to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and we’ve been evolving our tooling, APIs and online presence to help meet your needs.

Tooling enhancements:

  • A new easy-to-use Add Library Wizard, which is designed to simplify the process of adding library dependencies to a project
  • Improved navigation and workflow in the Deployment Setup Wizard
  • Enhancements to the BAR file editor to view localized manifests for each locale

API improvements:

Documentation updates:

  • A new “Hello Native SDK” tutorial provides a walkthrough of the OpenGL ES 1.1 Application Project template that comes with the QNX® Momentics® IDE
  • A new “Displaying a dialog” recipe instructs users how to display dialogs on the screen and handle dialog events

As we make our way towards BlackBerry DevCon Europe, we’ll be continuing to evolve our online content to help those using our Native SDK port their existing cross platform C/C++ applications to the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS as well as ensure that all developers using each of our development options can be successful on the totally awesome update coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

About Tim N.

Tim leads Application Platform & Tools Product Management at Research In Motion. This includes APIs, Frameworks and Tools for the BlackBerry Platform. He can be found hanging out in the development forums or Twitter (@brcewane) trying to help out where he can and to bring your feedback into the next releases of BlackBerry tooling. You’ll also see Tim presenting various topics at the BlackBerry Developer Conferences and BlackBerry World so be sure to stop by and say hi. Just don’t start talking about cars or Batman or you won’t be able to get rid of him.

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