In a post today on the “Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog” the company said that launch will be preceded by a softer beta update on November 29th that will include “bug fixes, but also an important update for Web developers as our BlackBerry® WebWorks™ HTML5 tools will be updated to offer more functionality and to draw closer to parity with our Native tools.”
RIM has been actively courting developers ahead of the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform. A persistent critique of BlackBerry devices has been size of the BlackBerry App World, which is dwarfed by Apple’s App Store.
RIM’s PR efforts haven’t been helped by the fact that some household names have abandoned BlackBerry altogether. In February, Netflix went as far as to announce from its Twitter account that “We don’t have any current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including PlayBook.” And the now Microsoft-owned Skype, which was available for BlackBerry 7 devices, has yet to make an announcement about its availability for BlackBerry 10.
Still, BlackBerry App World, which now has more than 105,000 apps, includes name brands such as Pandora, Angry Birds, Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook.