BlackBerry PlayBook release nears as RIM accepts apps
RIM encourages developers to produce PlayBook apps with free tablet promise
Research in Motion has issued a call to arms to all mobile application developers as it announces it is now accepting app submissions for its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
Expected to launch early in 2011 just weeks ahead of the rumoured Apple iPad 2, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be one of the most power tablets available to date as it hits shelves sporting a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and front and rear facing cameras, all neatly wrapped inside its 7-inch frame.
Encouraging developers to show their skills using Adobe AIR, Flash or HTML, RIM’s Vice President of Global Alliances & Developer Relations, Tyler Lessard, said: "With its groundbreaking performance and robust support for industry standard development tools, the BlackBerry PlayBook provides an exceptional platform that appeals to a wide range of mobile app developers.”
Further looking to appease the developers RIM hopes will fill the PlayBook with content, Lessard went on to add: "We are very pleased to be working with developers in advance of the product launch and the opening of BlackBerry App World to accept BlackBerry PlayBook apps is an important next step."
Registered developers who successfully submit an app for the BlackBerry PlayBook prior to the device’s launch will each receive a free RIM branded tablet.
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