Blackberry 10 Developer Tools

Blackberry has released its dev tools ahead of launch!  BB10 is expected in January 2013, and these tools will allow app developers to stay ahead of schedule and therefore offer more content on release day!

Building a strong library of applications for the new BlackBerry platform is crucial to its success. RIM is struggling to reverse years of slowing sales, delayed and disappointing product launches and an embarrassing global outage of its prized network.

RIM has lost much of its once-dominant smartphone market share, squeezed between Apple Inc’s hugely successful iPhone and the slew of devices using Google Inc’s Android software.

Its existing library of apps – many of which are incompatible with BlackBerry 10 – is far smaller than rival offerings from Apple and Google.

The company last month reported a deeper-than-expected operating loss and said it was cutting almost 10 percent of its workforce as it delayed the BlackBerry 10 launch to the first quarter of next year. The first devices were initially expected early this year.

RIM has hired bankers to assess strategic options, and has not ruled out a outright sale of the company, though it is still focusing on the BlackBerry 10 launch as the best way forward. It is also considering the possibility of joint ventures and partnerships, likely in conjunction with the shift to the new platform.

Shares of the Waterloo, Ontario-based company gained 1 percent in morning trade on the Nasdaq. They have lost roughly 90 percent of their value since a peak around $70 in February 2011.

Thanks to Reuters for the source for this article!

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