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Cool BlackBerry API Support

July 21st, 2009

In my last post, I was pretty negative about the available BlackBerry user interface controls.  While that fact hasn’t changed, I didn’t want to leave the impression that the BlackBerry API’s provide nothing to developers.  The API’s provide lots of interesting functions including the ability to extend menus within other applications.  Take a look at the following from the default messaging application on a 4.5 device.

Before Facebook Installation

Before Facebook Installation

This shows the menu in this application before installing the Facebook application.  After installation, you can see that the Facebook application has added a new menu item to this application.

After Facebook Installation

After Facebook Installation

This is a pretty nice feature of the API.  Although I don’t have actual code to show for this, my assumption is that this is provided by using:

API’s like this allow for incredible integration with the rest of the applications on the device, opening up many very interesting opportunities.

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