Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) introduced its BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.1 for Smartphones, touting new APIs and application functionality that continues the platform's convergence with the WebWorks SDK for BlackBerry Tablet OS. Chief among the new capabilities: A Banner Indicator API enabling developers to place their own icon and number in the banner area of the device homescreen, supporting notifications that alert users to application changes while it's running in the background.
BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.1 for Smartphones also features an enhanced Push API that leverages new capabilities in the latest iteration of the BlackBerry Push service. Other tweaks include NTLM and BASIC Authentication support, a Camera API supporting both photos and videos, and improved rendering speeds for apps that don't use loading/transition screens. The SDK is available for download here.
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