BlackBerry 10 to launch with Facebook, Foursquare, more

BlackBerry 10 is coming (finally), and it's all set to include Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other big-name apps at launch.

SAN JOSE, CA.--At today's BlackBerry Jam Americas conference in San Jose, attendees got the inside scoop on some of the apps expected to be available by the time the oft-delayed BlackBerry 10 platform launches. The list of developer partners spanned a number of different categories, but we got to see live demos of two of the biggest names in social networking.

Facebook for BlackBerry 10 made its first public appearance, and it looked like, well, Facebook. In fact, I would say it looked very much like the Facebook for iOS app, with its shortcuts along the top and sliding navigation panel coming from the left.

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Also, Foursquare got some screen time, as Senior Software Engineer Pete Nofelt showed off his company's upcoming native app for the platform. Most of the functionality and interface looked familiar, but there was one addition that we certainly haven't seen before: BBM integration. With the new native app, users will get the option to broadcast their check-in to BlackBerry Messenger as well as other social networks.

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In addition to Facebook and Foursquare, RIM confirmed that Twitter and LinkedIn will be available at launch, but we didn't get to see these in action. Other big-name developer partners mentioned include Gameloft and Halfbrick for games, and Cisco for enterprise software.

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Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.

 

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