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October 06, 2009 00:01 ET

RIM Announces Widget SDK for the BlackBerry Platform

Enables Third Party Software Developers to Build Web-Based Applications for BlackBerry Smartphones

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2009) - ResearchIn Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry WidgetSoftware Development Kit (SDK) to enable third party application developers tobuild rich, integrated applications for BlackBerry® smartphones using commonweb technologies. With the new BlackBerry Widget SDK, developers can buildweb-based applications for BlackBerry smartphones with advanced features andfunctionality, a capability only previously available for BlackBerryapplications written in Java®.

A BlackBerry Widget uses the BlackBerry® Browser engine torender an application's user interface using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.Developers are able to use existing web content to create BlackBerry Widgetsand extend the capabilities of their web applications using BlackBerry WidgetAPIs.

Using the new BlackBerry Widget APIs, developers can, forexample, create seamless interaction between a widget and the BlackBerry emailand calendar applications, create widgets with the ability to view or editfiles and documents stored on the smartphone, access location-based services orthe media player, and more. Developers can also take advantage of RIM's uniquepush technology, enabling dynamic widgets that can run in the background andprovide proactive alerts to users in a timely manner.

"BlackBerry Widgets open up a world of opportunities fordevelopers to build and bring to market web applications for BlackBerrysmartphones that offer advanced, integrated functionality and an always-on userexperience," said Alan Brenner, senior vice president, BlackBerry platforms atRIM. "We are very excited by the prospects of this new widget developmentplatform which combines the ease of development of standard web languages withthe rich functionality of Java development."

BlackBerry Widgets can be easily distributed over-the-air,via BlackBerry App World™ ( through BlackBerry® Enterprise Server in corporate environments.

Support for BlackBerry Widgets will be available onBlackBerry smartphones that run BlackBerry® OS 5.0, which will include anenhanced BlackBerry Browser with support for Gears, SQLite and the newBlackBerry Widget APIs. A beta release of the BlackBerry Widget SDK is availabletoday at

Developers interested in learning more about buildingBlackBerry Widgets are encouraged to attend the 2009 BlackBerry DeveloperConference (,November 9-12 in San Francisco. More information is also available onBlackBerry Developer Zone (

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer ofinnovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market.Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services thatsupport multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms andsolutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email,phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technologyalso enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers toenhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolioof award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used bythousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry wirelessplatform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools,radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 andbased in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe andAsia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and theToronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit or

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