At least trying not to be too outdone by Apple’s overwhelming successful launches and announcements. BlackBerry has offered up some information on the latest developer success stories. The last few weeks have been very busy for the BlackBerry® platform teams. They have launched important updates to BlackBerry WebWorks™ SDK (v2.1) for both the BlackBerry Tablet OS and smartphone OS, as well as the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR (in addition to working with Adobe to include optimized support for the BlackBerry Tablet OS in Adobe Flash Builder 4.5. They have also released BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Social Platform SDK 1.0 for BlackBerry Java SDK along with a beta version of the platform for BlackBerry WebWorks.
They have shared lots of significant information including new screen resolutions and simulators for upcoming BlackBerry 7 OS devices, stats about the new OS and the BlackBerry App World storefront to help you choose a target OS for your app (psst – 88% of free downloads and 94% of paid downloads originate from smartphones running OS 5 and OS 6).
While all of this was going on, there have been some great success stories coming from the BlackBerry app developer community. Check these out below…
Crystal Balls from ingames is a simple game where players must combine three or more balls of the same color to make them explode – it’s like TETRIS® meets Gem Swap. The Crystal Ball Free version is almost at one million downloads now.
Hangman And Hangman Kids
Spice Labs Pvt Ltd. have seen more than 16 million downloads of their paid and free applications, which include Hangman and HangmanKids. Spice Labs is focused on games with an educational twist and look to engage and teach children and youth.
WeatherEye HD is an application for the BlackBerryPlayBook tablet that was built using the BlackBerry WebWorks toolset and is not only visually rich, but is also designed to take advantage of the BlackBerry WebWorks tools to create a deep app experience. In a short period of time, this app has seen more than 50,000 downloads.
Doodle Blast on the BlackBerry PlayBook is an addictive game that has hooked family and friends. Users create “ink” pathways to get balls to fall into a container and achieve levels. They have had almost 50,000 downloads since the launch of their application.
This social app from Jingu Apps Inc. allows users to create avatars for BBM, access a wide assortment of new emoticons and participate in a new social environment. In a very short time, Jingu has surpassed a million downloads.