The Competition: BlackBerry Strikes Back-ish at DevCon 2009
Hot on the heels of Verizon pretty much burying the Storm2 in favor of their latest lust, the Droid, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion used their annual developer conference to announce a few improvements for the platform. No, not word one about a next generation BlackBerry OS (hey, Palm spent their time in the desert to get to webOS, and Microsoft is still trudging towards Windows Mobile 7, so RIM needs to pick up that canteen and get to stepping!).
Still, Kevin and the CrackBerry crew have been tearing up the coverage, so check out their DevCon 2009 liveblog, and here are a couple more handy links to help you keep track of all the pushy news:
- Open GL ES Support, Java GUI Builder and Theme Studio to Help BB Developers Generate Dynamic User Experiences
- BlackBerry Application Platform Enhancements to Foster Rich Content Development
- RIM Unveils New Services Platform for BlackBerry Developers
- RIM and Adobe to Simplify Delivery Of Rich Content and Applications for BlackBerry Smartphones
- RIM Announces BlackBerry Academic Program
So, what do you think, in the face of iPhone 3.x, Android 2.0, and webOS 1.x, is RIM doing enough to keep the BlackBerry competitive?
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By Kevin Lynch