Research In Motion, Blackberry’s manufacturer is now reaching out to app developers as a means of promoting their to-be-released Blackberry 10, and is kicking off with a development center in Slough, Berkshire, UK, that opened in Monday.
At the company’s showcase for developers, known as the BlackBerry Jam, held last month, RIM insured the opening of Blackberry Tech Centers worldwide, in an effort to help developers who wish to produce apps or make existing apps compatible with Blackberry 10.
The shops are open for five days weekly, at the usual working hours, with each shop having a team of helpers ready to offer help to developers.
Specific days cater to different areas, or “themes”, with Mondays dedicated to QT/Cascades/Native, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for Windows, Android, and iOS concerns, and Wednesdays for HTML 5 and other internet matters.
The new OS, slated to be launched in early 2013, is viewed as a make-or-break event for the company that has seen Blackberry crushed by competitors and perform badly in the market.
A nice set of apps for the new OS is RIM’s way of luring potential buyers to their BlackBerry units, along with reaching out even more to developers, and distributing 5,000 BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha units to let the developers test their apps.
More development centers around the globe are to be opened, in Vancouver, Indonesia, Silicon Valley, and in other locations.