Research in Motion hands out free BlackBerry 10 units to app developers

Research in Motion has launched its Blackberry 10 platform at its conference in Orland, Florida last night to encourage more developers to use the platform to build apps.

The conference also saw the release of an initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development.

The toolkit has been made available for free download in beta.

Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations and ecosystems development for RIM, commented; “BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world today.

“Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow’ customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform,” he added.

The toolkit includes BlackBerry 10 Native SDK with Cascades, which aims to allow developers the potential to create graphically rich, high performance native apps. Any app created with BlackBerry 10 tolls will run through BlackBerry 10 smartphones, as well as on BlackBerry Playbook tablets.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing units are also being handed to developers who attend BlackBerry 10 Jam in another bid to help provide developers with tools to build successful Blackberry 10 apps.

Blackberry 10 devices are schedules to launch later in 2012.

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