BlackBerry Cascades is billed "a rich user interface framework coming to a future release of the Native SDK'¦[that] unleashes a new breed of design centric mobile applications and provides developers with an exceptional feature set for creating visually stunning interfaces with custom layouts, animations, effects and 3D graphics." It is scheduled to be made available in beta within weeks.
The BlackBerry PlayBook now supports the recently announced Adobe AIR 3.0 runtime. Among the supported features are encrypted local store that gives developers the ability to use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to encrypt and securely store sensitive information on the device, as well as passwords, keys or credit card information safely within the app.
RIM also introduced the developer beta version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. It includes the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and the BlackBerry Plug-In for Android Development Tools (ADT), "allowing developers to quickly and easily bring Android applications to BlackBerry PlayBook tablets."
Android developers can also repackage Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook online by using the BlackBerry Packager for Android Apps. The web tool guides developers through a step-by-step process, allowing them to test their apps for compatibility with the PlayBook, and repackage and sign their apps for submission to BlackBerry App World, without downloading any tools.
QNX is a microkernel based Unix OS developed by in-car technology company QNX Software Systems. RIM bought the company from its parent company, Harman International, for an undisclosed amount in April 2010. Harman had bought QNX in 2004 for $US138m