RIM opens first BlackBerry 10 advice centre for developers

RIM opens first BlackBerry 10 advice centre for developers

Summary: Research In Motion has made good on its promise to help developers build or port apps to its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform with the launch of a drop-in centre in the UK.


Beleaguered Blackberry maker Research In Motion has stepped up its push to get developers behind the next version of its OS by opening its first developer centre in Slough.

At BlackBerry Jam in September, the company promised to set up BlackBerry Tech Centers around the world to help programmers looking to create or port apps for BlackBerry 10. On Monday, RIM said it has thrown open the doors on the first one at its European headquarters in the UK.

RIM has opened a development centre for BB10, as promised at Blackberry Jam (shown). Image: RIM

Open normal working hours five days a week, the centre has an onsite team of helpers to give advice to developers. Each day has a different theme: Android, iOS and Windows efforts get the most attention, with dedicated help available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while Mondays are for Native/Cascades/QT, and Wednesdays for WebWorks and HTML5.

BlackBerry 10, expected to arrive early in 2013, is regarded as a make-or-break release for RIM, which has seen BlackBerry lose ground to mobile rivals and deliver less-than-healthy quarterly results. A good line-up of apps is considered key to attracting buyers to BlackBerry handsets, and the company is putting some muscle into its outreach to developers, including sending out more than 5,000 BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handsets to test their apps on.

"The opening of this first BlackBerry Tech Centre underscores our ongoing commitment to actively engage with and support the efforts of our developer community," Alec Saunders, head of developer relations at RIM, said in a statement.

After Slough, the company plans to open more developer tech centres in Silicon Valley, Vancouver and Indonesia, among other locations.

Topics: Mobile OS, Apps, Mobility, BlackBerry, Software Development, United Kingdom

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  • First piece of advice

    First piece of advice: Buy an iPhone.
    Andrew Shalat
    • Blackberry 10

      Wow! You Apple people are such cranks. Hopefully, some day, in the not too distant future, there will be a cure found for your misplaced inane commentaries.
  • First piece of advice

    First piece of advice: Buy an iPhone.
    Andrew Shalat
    • iSheep

      Seek some professional help you're desperately in of medical or psychological intervention.
    • Andy Shat ... 2nd (and most important) piece of advice

      Don't listen to Apple staff shamelessly promoting their warez on unrelated blogs (i.e. chumps like Andy).

      Back on topic: good luck RIM. C'mon dev's you know you want in on a great mobile platform. Show you have what it takes to revitalize a great mobile ecosystem and get Blackberry OS10 back in the fight and on the road to a full recovery.