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UK Becomes Home To First BlackBerry Tech Centre


UK Becomes Home To First BlackBerry Tech Centre
Date: 17th October 2012

by Russell Dickinson

Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian handset manufacturer behind the BlackBerry smartphones, has started delivering on its promise to support developers looking to build apps for its new OS, BlackBerry 10. The company plans to do that by establishing BlackBerry Tech Centres worldwide and the first one to open its doors is located in Slough in southeast England, the home of RIM's EMEA headquarters, ZDNet reported.

BlackBerry 10 is expected to come out early next year and RIM is keen to throw its support behind developers, ensuring an abundant app choice for BlackBerry users. During the BlackBerry Jam event held in September, RIM promised to assist app creators by opening a string of tech centres and the UK was chosen to house the first of them. Other locations featuring on RIM's list include Silicon Valley, Vancouver and Indonesia.

In a sign of its commitment to delivering a rich ecosystem, RIM has dispatched over 5,000 BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha units to developers, allowing them to test their creations. RIM's developer relations chief Alec Saunders said that the launch of the first BlackBerry Tech Centre was proof of the company's unwavering commitment to active engagement with its developer community and its dedication to providing the necessary support.

The Slough centre will be keeping normal working hours and will have an onsite advisory team to assist developers who walk through the doors. Each day will have a different focus, with porting strategies given preferential treatment. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, dedicated help will be available to developers looking to bring Android, iOS and Windows apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform. Native/Cascades/QT will be the theme for Monday, while WebWorks and HTML5 will be in focus on Wednesdays.

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