Yesterday, RIM made a whole lot of noise about the new BlackBerry Torch, and developers needn’t feel left out, as at least a little bit of it was directed at them. RIM put together a special blog post listing what developers need to know about the Torch ahead of its launch.
Some of the info’s the same as what was told to consumers: the screen resolution is 480 x 360, there’s a 5.0 MP camera, and the Torch packs both a touchscreen and physical keyboard.
Other details are a little more specialized, though. One bullet point on the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog stated, “Supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA networks worldwide providing 3G cellular connectivity around the world.” Also, there’s Wi-Fi support (of the 802.11n variety).
Then one lengthy paragraph read, “Touch screen and trackpad: Touch screen does not utilize SurePress – to accommodate in-market apps supporting SurePress, a TouchEvent.DOWN event will also generate TouchEvent.CLICK and TouchEvent.UNCLICK events. So what would’ve previously been a DOWN / UP sequence on previous BlackBerry smartphones supporting touch now results in a DOWN / CLICK / UNCLICK / UP sequence, where the CLICK and UNCLICK events are generated following the DOWN event.”
The interesting thing will be to see how many developers actually want to create apps for BlackBerry OS 6 versus Android and the iPhone.