RIM Briefs Devs On BlackBerry Torch

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.

By Doug Caverly

Doug is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest eBusiness news.

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