Final stretch of BlackBerry 10 push sees RIM tapping Titanium community

Final stretch of BlackBerry 10 push sees RIM tapping Titanium community

Summary: Research In Motion has partnered with Appcelerator, the company behind the Titanium cross-platform development environment, in order to attract more coders to the soon-to-launch BlackBerry 10 platform.


Research In Motion has made yet another push to attract developers ahead of its BlackBerry 10 launch in January.

RIM is doing everything it can to attract developers to BlackBerry 10. Image: Ben Woods

This time the carrot comes from a partnership with Appcelerator, the company behind the Titanium development platform. Titanium lets developers code for different platforms mostly in one go, through the use of cross-platform technologies such as HTML5 — it is widely used for early iterations of apps, although developers usually get better performance by coding for a phone's native platform, for example Objective-C for iOS.

Titanium for BlackBerry 10 will come out on 7 December, RIM announced on Thursday, and the first 100 developers to sign up will each get a BlackBerry Dev Alpha test device, once their app has been submitted for review. Up to 10,000 developers will also get a free year's worth of Appcelerator Cloud Service and Analytics, once their app has been approved and put on sale.

Appcelerator reckons developers can reuse somewhere between 65-90 percent of the existing code they have created for "other leading platforms", as they port over to BlackBerry 10.

"Developers and enterprises continue to look for robust cross-platform solutions and we are thrilled to work with Appcelerator to have Titanium support for BlackBerry 10," RIM developer chief Alec Saunders said in a statement.

Appcelerator has around 390,000 developers in its ecosystem, which is quite a large base for RIM to be tapping into. Saunders noted that the developers would also be able to take advantage of previously announced incentive schemes, such as the '10k Developer Commitment'.

RIM also updated its BlackBerry 10 Developer Program on Thursday, again in an effort to attract developers to write apps for the make-or-break release.

One element of the push is the release of a keyboard-equipped 'Alpha C' test device for developers that still want to address the traditional BlackBerry market. The company also now says it will swap out alpha test devices for limited-edition BlackBerry 10 devices, as long as the developer has their app approved.

RIM also updated its SDKs for the platform.

Topics: BlackBerry, Mobile OS, Mobility, Software Development

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  • comeback!

    If RIM doesn't make a comeback given the many things they have been doing then I don't think anyone can, they really are pulling out all stops
    • Maybe

      Maybe you are right. From other hand they trying to do the real things compare to the Nokian weird management style.

      Check the latest review BB OS 10 on the YouTube to be sure with its potential:
      Viktor Dmytrenko
    • They have a LONG way to go.

      Fired up my Playbook the other, day after giving up on it this past Summer. The e-mail program that RIM finally made available is a P0S, and not worth using. Will not leave copies of messages on a server when deleted from the PB. Seriously RIM? And you made your reputation how? Just stupid.

      The App store still has nothing very useful from a business standpoint. Don't see very many major companies' applications available. Not even The Weather Channel or Accuweather have bothered to code for QNX. That is pathetic, and telling on just what is thought of RIM right now. Don't see that changing with BB10 any time soon either.

      And Android Apps? Well, if they are there, it is nearly impossible to tell. I see virtually nothing like what I see on my Android phone in the Play Store.

      And no...I can't be bothered Side Porting apps to it. Been there...done that...not what I want to be wasting my time doing. If it can't come from their store...then the device is useless.
      • AccuWeather for BlackBerry Playbook

        ... is a native application and has been there for over a year. You need to upgrade your Playbook OS. Email and social both got way better.
  • Hope for them

    I really hope they can pull a come back. I definitely don't want the world to be owned by just Apple, Google and may be Microsoft.

    Always 4 is better than either 2 or 3.
    • Actually....

      I do :)
  • Titanium doesn't rely on HTML5

    Just to be clear, Titanium is one of the very few cross-platform tools that does not depend on HTML5 - it creates native applications. So it does not suffer from performance limitations as you described. Separately, as an added benefit, Titanium still does offer the ability to create HTML5 mobile web sites from the same code base, if desired.