Palm already did the deed by partnering with DeviceAnywhere
in opening its Virtual Developer Lab
, and now it looks as if RIM's doing the same for its BlackBerry lineup. The Waterloo-based handset maker has joined hands with the aforementioned testing outfit in order to let "outside developers test their applications on a single system that represents 100 BlackBerry models running on 16 networks." We're also told that RIM is currently working with 100,000 developers to "create applications
for such uses as gaming and navigation that link customers more tightly to their devices," which shouldn't come as any surprise given the pressure from Apple
. There's no word on when the virtual dev facility will open its doors, but we'd bank on it being sometime between "now" and "real soon."