Wired Magazine, reporting from the BlackBerry World event in Florida at which BB10 was announced, said: "The new BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device that RIM showed off has no physical keyboard. This is a huge development. Physical keyboards have been the hardware platform's calling cards. Without them, what will compel Crackberry addicts to stick around? Or, perhaps more germanely, what will convince adventuresome consumers to switch to a BlackBerry phone?"
The report added: "What little we did see of the upcoming platform looked promising. The new Flow interface uses "glanceable" gestures to move quickly between documents, apps and screens within apps. A flick of your finger displays the last three windows you opened like a deck of horizontally fanned-out cards. A quick screen tap shoots you to a selected pane."
The toolkit includes the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK with Cascades, which "allows developers to create graphically rich, high performance native applications in C/C++ using Qt," according to RIM. "The native SDK for BlackBerry 10 has a rich set of APIs that give developers access to core device features and a range of BlackBerry application services, such as push and payment services."
RIM described Cascades as "a powerful native application development toolset that allows developers to easily build visually stunning applications without having to write complex, low-level graphics code."
Applications created with any of the BlackBerry 10 tools will run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets when the new platform becomes available for the PlayBook. All of the SDKs will be updated "to give developers access to more of the BlackBerry 10 unique capabilities over the coming months."
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