RIM: BlackBerry OS 10 Native SDK to be Open Source

Canada based BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that its Native software development kit (SDK) for the latest iteration of Blackberry OS - version 10, will be open source.

Having based its business model on closed systems, RIM's latest announcement signals a shift that the company executive are willing to make in light of recent decline in market share of BlackBerry. "You know what, we're super committed to open source," said Alec Saunders, VP of developer relations at RIM reports The Inquirer.

The move, according to many industry experts, has come from the company as its top executives realised the plight faced by the developer community in coming up with new, unique offering for the platform.

Developers often express their disappointment by stating how RIM's closed eco-system is causing a great deal of inconvenience for them to come up with new offerings on a regular basis.

But, the remedial move taken by the Canadian tech giant and the subsequent change in its attitude towards open sourcing, has indeed brought some much needed relief for the developer community.

"So Blackberry 10 here is committed, as ever, to open standards and meeting developers on their turf, on their terms, and driving content into our ecosystem", said Chris Smith, VP of application platform and tools at RIM.

This open source SDK is enriched with features like gaming frameworks, open source libraries and code samples. The most fundamental component of the SDK is that it is accompanied with a cross platform application and a user interface network called Qt. Apart from this SDK is also adapted with other application features like Bullet Physics, Spidermonkey and Lua.