Tag: tablet os

Scoreloop Community Gaming SDK Now Available in Beta Zone


Back in early June, we learned that RIM had acquired Scoreloop. For those who don’t know about Scoreloop, or who have never played a Scoreloop-enabled game, the company provides a way to create community, incentives, highscores and more for games. If you’re a BlackBerry developer, you can now use the Scoreloop SDK beta for Native SDK v1.0 for BlackBerry PlayBook OS.
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PlayBook OS 2.0 Screenshots Shows Native Email, Calendar and Social Features


A Chinese blog has leaked screenshots of the upcoming PlayBook OS 2.0. The blog claims the leak comes from one “berry person” who on Sina, claims to be a “Southern District Sales Manager”. That’s pretty brazen considering how risky it is to your job to leak. Continue reading for screenshots and details.
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Rumor: PlayBook Native Email in September and QNX Smartphones Ship With Android App Player


Bloomberg is reporting some interesting rumors based on three anonymous sources at RIM. According to these sources, we’re hearing some much needed news about the upcoming QNX smartphone and native email app on the PlayBook. Continue reading for more.
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RIM Announces Webworks SDK 2.0 and Final Version of AIR SDK for Tablet OS


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On the day of the PlayBook launch, RIM has made the available the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS and Smartphones, and the final version of its BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. These are 2 pretty important releases for developers looking to make apps for the PlayBook.

The BlackBerry Webworks SDK 2.0 features:
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Balsillie Confirms BlackBerry PlayBook to be Priced Under $500


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Jim Balsillie made an interesting point recently when he compared the tablet market to the smartphone market, essentially saying there’s enough room for everyone and the market will explode in a similar fashion. It does seem to be the case that everyone is upgrading to a smartphone, and that everyone’s phone will eventually be “smart”, but does the same necessarily hold true for tablets?

“You have seen the smartphone market just explode… We are in the right sweet spot… This idea that there are two players and a small pie and they are divvying that between them – you are missing the point,” Balsillie told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the G20 CEO Summit in Seoul.

At the same meeting, Jim Balsillie told reporters that the PlayBook will be priced under $500, but wouldn’t go into specifics about the exact price. Will it be $499? Or perhaps much cheaper at $300. Considering the device relies on a BlackBerry for connectivity, RIM is going to have to price the tablet lower than the competitors. Ideally, the PlayBook would come in at a pricepoint where every BlackBerry user will feel like they can afford one.

It looks like all of this will be confirmed in the next couple of months when we get close to a rumored February launch.

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BeAmplified BlackBerry PlayBook OS Theme On Sale for 40% Off


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The PlayBook QNX OS looks pretty sweet. The device’s multitasking looks really powerful and we’re excited to see more demos of this device before it hits the market. Just as we saw BlackBerry 6 themes before the launch of the OS, we’re starting to see QNX OS themes hit the market now. One of these themes is BeAmplified and it comes with the BlackBerry 6 icons and a PlayBook style carousel with tiled app icons. This theme also comes with hotkeys that let you access features such as the browser, pictures, music, clock, SMS and more with a single key.

The BeAmplified PlayBook theme is available on sale for $2.99 (normally $4.99) so grab it while it’s priced so low.

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