Research in Motion is opening up some new tools for developers, namely BBM Social SDK 1.0 for BlackBery Java and BBM Social SDK 1.0 for BlackBerry WebWorks.

The new software developer kits give developers access to new API’s (application programming interface) so they can deeply integrate BBM’s new social features in their apps.

That means you’ll soon be able to access and update fields in your BBM profile such as your status, avatar and personal message when using certain third party apps. Developers can also add further BBM functionality, like BBM chat initiations, and the ability to transfer app info to others in your contacts list.

Foursquare’s upcoming update to its app for BlackBerry is expected to take advantage of the integration features that RIM is providing. Hopefully, they will start allowing users to create their own custom areas within the user’s BBM profile for promoting recent application activity or storing trophies and achievements.

You can download the final version of the BBM Social Platform SDK 1.0 for BlackBerry Java from the Developer Zone. BBM 6 will support applications that utilize the new BBM Social Platform.

via Crackberry


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