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Even though the Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu is claiming that Flash is a resource hog and will lead to poor PlayBook battery life, the latest video from RIM shows some awesome advantages of supporting Flash. The above video takes us through some HTML 5 video, as well as the desktop versions of YouTube, Facebook and Facebook games. All of this rich media browsing is all possible thanks to Flash support, and it’s hard to imagine a PlayBook without it. Hopefully, rumors of Flash sucking up battery life aren’t true, and we’ll have a tablet with decent battery life, and full, rich media browsing capabilities.
Last week we wrote about Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu who was making the claim that the PlayBook’s battery life was under-performing, and that RIM would delay the launch of the PlayBook in order to find an adequate solution. RIM responded to the claim saying that “Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented.” Recently, Shaw Wu reiterated the claim saying he would be “very surprised if PlayBook matches anywhere near the battery life of the iPad at 10 hours unless it uses a larger battery.”
One of the main reasons the PlayBook could face battery life issues is the incorporation of Flash in the platform. Here is how Shaw Wu breaks down the three main areas where battery life can be negatively impacted:
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When RIM held the BlackBerry Tablet SDK webcasts it was obvious that there were many questions that were still being worked out when it came to the specific capabilities and APIs of the tablet. RIM just sent out an update letting everyone know that the tablet SDK has been updated and the latest version is available for download. The latest version of the tablet SDK doesn’t have anything major, but rather it now supports Windows 7.
The deal seems to be that if developers create an app that fits all the criteria of an Adobe AIR app that can be sold in App World, then they’re eligible for a free PlayBook. This is a pretty sweet deal considering a major feature of the PlayBook is that development on the PlayBook is supposed to be easy. Jerome from BBerryGo developed a browser for the BlackBerry PlayBook and apparently it was pretty easy. It should be interesting to see what apps developers create for the PlayBook and hopefully the development process helps shed the stigma that developing for BlackBerry is a pain in the development ass.
The PlayBook Tablet is expected to attract a wide range of new developers to the BlackBerry platform and at Adobe MAX, RIM announced the new BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The SDK will allow developers to create AIR applications for the PlayBook tablet using familiar development tools. The PlayBook will be the world’s first tablet built from the start to run Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR applications in a fully integrated, fully optimized fashion.
Adobe AIR developers can start building their applications today for BlackBerry PlayBook and will be able to start submitting their AIR applications for BlackBerry PlayBook to BlackBerry App World by end of this year.
The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, along with the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator, are both currently available in beta and can be downloaded for free from blackberry.com/developers/tabletos.