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Blackberry produces push APIs for consumer apps

06 мая 2009

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the availability of a push API  that will enable developers to push real-time content to Blackberry smartphones.

RIM's aim is to further extend its enterprise technology into the consumer space, allowing developers to develop BlackBerry applications and services for consumers.

“Push technology has previously been available to corporate developers with the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution, and is built into a range of smartphone applications for business,” said Alan Brenner, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Platforms at Research In Motion. “With the availability of this push API, BlackBerry developers can build true push technology into their Java-based consumer applications and enhance the user experience by delivering valuable content to users in real time.”

The new BlackBerry push API allows developers to push content, as well as alerts, to BlackBerry smartphone users. Users will not have to wait for lengthy content downloads once alerts are received.

RIM says the APIs will enable developers to design mobile applications providing real-time content and updates, including news, weather, banking, medical, IT services applications and games. Several organizations are already developing applications with the BlackBerry push API, including:

DevelopIQ  – The 7digital Music Store will use the BlackBerry push API to ensure that purchases the user makes on 7digitial.com are automatically delivered to their BlackBerry smartphone.

Handmark – Pocket Express news and information service from Handmark can alert customers of breaking news, sports stats, weather alerts, flight status updates and other information immediately as it happens.

Salesplace – SalesNOW will leverage the BlackBerry push API to give customers the ability to send immediate notifications, such as sales leads, service requests, client calls and appointments, to sales and service reps in the field.

The Hockey News – Powered by Polar Mobile, The Hockey News application will leverage the BlackBerry push API to keep fans up to date with the latest scores sent directly to their BlackBerry smartphones.

Источник: Mobile Europe

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