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Calling all devs! BlackBerry 10.3 Preview OS & Gold SDK now available

BlackBerry releases the final tool-kit for developers for its upcoming new BlackBerry 10.3 OS which unlocks many opportunities to BlackBerry & Android developers on BlackBerry platform. This update also includes coding for upcoming BlackBerry Passport smartphone which will have a unique touch-enabled qwerty keyboard enabling developers to take the advantage & create futuristic app for BlackBerry.

What’s new in Blackberry 10.3?

  • Introducing the new touch-enabled keyboard – In the latest BlackBerry 10.3 simulator, you can test out one of the BlackBerry Passport’s very exciting new features: the touch-enabled keyboard.
  • Support for an amazing new screen resolution  You can test your app with this new resolution by firing up the BlackBerry 10.3 simulator and selecting the “BlackBerry 10 Keyboard [1440×1440]” boot option.

  • Deeper, richer APIs – BlackBerry introduced a bunch of new APIs with the Gold release, which enable you to build a richer, deeper BlackBerry 10 experience. In addition to this, BlackBerry also added APIs for asynchronous Bluetooth, closed captioning, High Dynamic Range cameras, and more. All of these APIs are in addition to the OpenMax and Pro Voice APIs that BlackBerry introduced in last month’s beta.

  • Purposeful simplicity: The all-new BlackBerry 10 UI – New UI refresh offers a more purposeful, refined, and productive BlackBerry 10 experience. Check out our updated UI guidelines to get familiar with these UI changes if you haven’t done so already.

  • Enhanced and optimized tooling

How do I get started?

To take advantage of what BlackBerry 10.3 has to offer, you’ll need to do three things:
1. Download the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS for your BlackBerry 10 smartphone
2. Download the BlackBerry 10.3 Simulator
3. Grab the latest version of your favorite BlackBerry 10 SDK:
a. BlackBerry 10 Native SDK 
b. BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK 
c. BlackBerry Tools for Android Development

Feel free to continue to provide your feedback and questions to BlackBerry teams through the developer forums,developer issue tracker, tweeting @BlackBerryDev or your favorite Developer Relations and Product Management representative.

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Written by Shahriyar Ali


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