Universal Mind’s Joe Johnston built a really cool fantasy football app for the PlayBook and it looks like it will be available when the device launches. The app was built using Adobe Flash Builder and the BlackBerry SDK. Apparently the workflow allowed Universal Mind to deploy a working tablet app “in days with full touch and gesture interactions that you would expect in a tablet device.” Pretty awesome developer review isn’t it? According to the company, the fact that the framework SDK is integrated into Flash Builder and the ability to reuse code made the development process quick and easy.
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The next BlackBerry PlayBook webcast where RIM and Adobe will be demonstrating the SDK will be held on November 11th. The first webcast was helpful but there are still a lot of unanswered questions, so hopefully RIM has taken the time to plan out a little more about what features will be available to developers and give us a better idea of the roadmap. Remember, a lot of what they build into the feature roadmap will be based on demand so openly voice your support for certain features.
At the BlackBerry Developer Group in Ottawa, Anthony Rizk demonstrated how easy it is to create an app for the PlayBook using the Adobe AIR SDK. Zeebu has posted a video of Zeebu’s Baby GO running on the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator. According to Anthony, this took about 4 hours of work, including time figuring out the tools and packaging the output from Flash Professional CS5. The app also plays audio, but unfortunately they couldn’t get audio output working in the simulator.
The first of the BlackBerry PlayBook apps are being developed as we speak and it will be interesting to see what people come up with. Today, RIM hosted the first webcast for developers in a series that will span 5 weeks of PlayBook development help. Some of the details we learned in the webcast include:
- RIM will be opening app world for PlayBook app submissions in about 2 weeks. More details about free PlayBooks for developers will come then.
- The PlayBook will have a few cool gestures for switching apps, showing the keyboard and displaying device information such as battery life (pictured above).
- The PlayBook will eventually support more than just Adobe AIR development. Developers will also be able to write apps for the PlayBook in Java and WebWorks.
- Currently, there is no support for app splash screens but RIM will include it if there are enough devs asking for it.
- App deployment over the BES is not finalized. The first version is a WiFi only version so no direct connection with BES but there will be tethering. No more details just yet.
- Not a lot of information available on GPS and location support but this will be explained in future webcasts.
- The PlayBook will have capabilities that the BlackBerry doesn’t.
- The AIR SDK can leverage both front and rear facing cameras.
- Theme Builder is not in the plans for the initial release but they’ll consider it if there is enough positive feedback.
The best part of the webcast was when Mike Kirkup said the PlayBook has a “kick ass” video processor. Can’t wait to check it out.
Over the past week we’ve seen the launch of two new BlackBerrys including the BlackBerry Style and the Bold 9780. The BlackBerry Style is a unique flip form factor coupled with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Bold 9780 is a refresh to the Bold 9700, and while it’s nothing new form factor wise, it’s all the goodness from the 9700 with a slight spec boost. Be sure to check out the PlayBook news too.
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The BlackBerry PlayBook is a highly anticipated tablet that’s going to open BlackBerry development to an entirely new segment of developers. Anyone who can make an app for Adobe AIR will be able to port their app over to the PlayBook and take advantage of a new platform for their app to thrive. So what apps would you like to see on the PlayBook? Here are a few apps that are made with Adobe AIR, that we would like to see on the PlayBook.
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