During the General Session Keynote at BlackBerry DevCon Asia, Tyler Lessard, VP of Global Alliances and Developer Relations for RIM, announced the new BlackBerry 6.1 Application Platform for BlackBerry Smartphones. BlackBerry 6.1 Application will build up BBOS 6 and will introduce new features to developers.
The new tools/APIs include:
- Magnetometer / Digital compass APIs
- Open GL-ES 2.0
- Window API (overlay native app surfaces)
- Event-based geo-fencing location APIs
- Enhancement to barcode API’s for additional formats and custom decoding
- and MUCH MORE
Tyler stated that the Developer Tools 6.1 will soon be available for download. 6.1 will be released in the next quarter or two. Woohoo! It appers RIM has not forgotten about their BlackBerry Smartphone line. With all of this QNX tablet OS talk and all. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic here in the form of a comment.