RIM give BlackBerries a push

Research In Motion announced today the availability of a new BlackBerry push API (application programming interface) that will enable developers to push real-time content to BlackBerry smartphones.

RIM is extending its existing, well-proven push technology from the enterprise into the consumer space, allowing developers to leverage push technology for BlackBerry applications targeted at consumers. Push technology provides a proactive mechanism for developers to deliver data to BlackBerry smartphones as it becomes available. It brings immediacy to mobile communications with real-time content, preserves battery life, and minimizes data usage by eliminating the need for “poking” and “polling” servers. RIM’s unique push technology significantly enhances the user experience and provides a proactive mechanism for developers to deliver data to BlackBerry smartphones as the data becomes available.

As a diehard BlackBerry user and NHL fan, I’m looking forward to this push technology making it way to my favorite BlackBerry App from the The Hockey News. The new BlackBerry push API will allow developers to push content and alerts to BlackBerry smartphone users, which is ideal for mobile applications that deliver value by providing real-time content and updates.

The Polar Mobile powered THN app gives fans real-time score updates, late-breaking news headlines, player statistics, team standings and expert analysis from across the NHL. To date, users have had to pull stats to update them on their smartphone. With the new BlackBerry Push API, that will no longer be the case with the latest scores sent directly to their mobile devices.