BlackBerry 10 to launch with Facebook, Foursquare, more

At Tuesday's BlackBerry Jam Americas conference in San Jose, California, attendees got the inside scoop on some of the apps that are 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.

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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.

Foursquare also 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: BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) integration. With the new native app, users will get the option to broadcast their check-ins to BBM, as well as on other social networks.

(Credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)

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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