Developers will begin submitting programs and content in December, choosing their own price for the products, which will be purchasable via Paypal. Future BlackBerry phones will feature an application center that facilitates the browsing and buying of programs; the creators of which reap 80%.
RIM announced at the BlackBerry Developer's Conference that it is working with carriers towards customized, in-device incarnations of the application center and other apps, as it did with the popular BlackBerry Facebook application.
Congruent with the coming wave of code, RIM granted developers access to the new BlackBerry Web Signals technology, which allows quick, push updates, and a one-click (or tap) pass to new information. An example of this feature in action is a Washington Post icon, which sits on the user's home screen and changes appearance based on the category of a breaking story; selecting it directs the user to the news in question.
And now, a little more nitty gritty for the hackers out there. Improved web-able dev-tech includes: a new plugin for Eclipse; a public beta of the JDE Eclipse plug; a new MDS plug; added features for the Visual Studio plugin, which now supports web development and Gears, so Internet apps can run as a stand-alone program on the BB; and lastly, the handsomely-titled, Plazmic Content Developer's Kit.