A welcome press release came out this morning from Research in Motion where they have announced the BlackBerry Widget Software Development Kit which will allow BlackBerry developers to build rich web-based applications that utilize Widget APIs that are rendered via the BlackBerry Browser engine.

To make a long story short, it should have just gotten a lot easier for BlackBerry developers to create rich content applications that utilize the hardware and software already on the BlackBerry as well as Push…

Using the new BlackBerry Widget APIs, developers can, forexample, create seamless interaction between a widget and the BlackBerry emailand calendar applications, create widgets with the ability to view or editfiles and documents stored on the smartphone, access location-based services orthe media player, and more. Developers can also take advantage of RIM’s uniquepush technology, enabling dynamic widgets that can run in the background andprovide proactive alerts to users in a timely manner.

Hopefully RIM’s BlackBerry Widget SDK will make it easier for developers to create cool applications, and, as a result of that, we will start to see more of them.

Read the full press release here.