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The BlackBerry Dev Con Asia 2011 was supposed to be held in Bangkok, Thailand this year, but due to the serious impact of rain and floods, the conference has thus been relocated to Singapore. This morning. Research in Motion had made some announcements at Dev Con Asia 2011 which include the next generation BlackBerry 10 platform.

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At the event, George Staikos, VP of web technologies, Research in Motion, said that the BlackBerry App World has reached over one billion downloads, with over five million happening everyday. And with BlackBerry OS 7 on seven handhelds including the BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9380 which were launched first in Asia. Staikos said that in BlackBerry 7.1, the company will continue to evolve the platform with the addition of powerful new APIs including Near Field Communications (NFC). The APIs will open up more rich capabilities of the BlackBerry 7 platform and handheld and application developers.

"BlackBerry 10 is the official brand name of our next generation platform. Initially previewed at DevCon San Francisco just two months ago, it will power the future generation of BlackBerry smartphones and tablets. Our vision is a single, converged next generation BlackBerry platform built from the core up, and it will enable most powerful mobile social communication experiences the world has ever seen. This is BlackBerry 10."

The BlackBerry 10 platform is based on three fundamental components. The first is the BlackBerry 10 operating system software that powers phones, tablets, automobiles and more; connecting people, devices, content and platform together. The second element the BlackBerry 10 services that extends the BlackBerry DNA, collaboration and communication, and enable full access to BBM, enterprise server and BlackBerry Internet service, from push to payment, security and beyond. And thirdly, BlackBerry 10 is a transformational new application developmental bundle. The native software development kit allows developers to build high performance BlackBerry experience with best-in-class HTML 5 implementations. As the company moves to BlackBerry 10, HTML 5 will be the technology that can rapidly deliver rich, connected applications across a range of devices. According to Staikos, HTML 5 is something BlackBerry has embraced since day one.

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Alec Saunders, VP of developer relations and ecosystems development, Research in Motion, introduced the BlackBerry Jam, which isdesigned to help developers  thrive and build businesses on the BlackBerry platform. Saunders also gave some statistics about the BlackBerry App World, which is supported by over 148 markets and growing, with over five million average daily downloads. There are over 50,000 apps available, with over a billion downloads reached in June 2011. Carrier Billing is also available with 20 carriers worldwide, and 26 currencies supported.