RIM yanks steering wheel towards mobile computing with new API

Blackberry owners could soon be dancing in the streets over RIM's new developer API which, for the first time, enables those propeller-headed software engineers to do neat stuff like embed multimedia content, support common formats like Mp3, WMA and AAC, and access the camera available in newer models.

In addition, there's also a sweet new maps API which will allow applications to draw a route or show an address with minimal fuss.

Windows Mobile has been kicking some Blackberry-behind of late, but this could give some new life to the family of devices. Frankly, when you think of the first devices RIM brought to the party -- a line of greenscreen pagers with thumbwheels -- they've come pretty far. I wouldn't count this puppy out just yet.

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