Research in Motion (RIM) announced on December 8 that it has started accepting application submissions from developers for the BlackBerry PlayBook, ahead of its launch in the US next year.
Unveiled on Sept 27 this year, the BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM’s attempt to capture part of the red-hot tablet computing market. It comes with a 7-inch display screen, is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, and runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which is based on QNX Neutrino. No date for its release has been set, but it is expected that the PlayBook would arrive in stores early-2011.
To get the ball rolling, RIM is offering a free BlackBerry PlayBook to developers if their app is submitted and approved for distribution on BlackBerry App World prior to the launch of BlackBerry PlayBook in North America.
“The BlackBerry PlayBook provides an exceptional platform that appeals to a wide range of mobile app developers, including Adobe AIR and Flash developers, HTML web developers, corporate developers and application hobbyists,” said Tyler Lessard, VP Global Alliances & Developer Relations at RIM in a press release.
RIM also released an update to the Beta version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, and now supports Flash Builder 4.5 (Burrito/Flex Mobile) with plug-ins that work with either Flash Builder 4.0 or the pre-release version of Flash Builder Burrito, which adds drag-and-drop capabilities. The latest Beta of the SDK also supports Windows in 64-bit and includes a simulator for Linux.
For more information on application development on the BlackBerry PlayBook, visit http://www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos
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