BlackBerry PlayBook Simulator adds support for the BlackBerry Browser


Here at Research In Motion®, we are very proud of the BlackBerry® Browser and its performance, especially on the upcoming BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. We are building one of the best uncompromised browsing experiences on a tablet with support for the latest industry standards and technologies, including HTML5 and Adobe® Flash® 10.1.

Today, we are proud to announce that we have launched an updated version of the BlackBerry® Tablet OS simulator, which embeds the full BlackBerry Browser. With this updated simulator, our web development community can now start testing their web applications and Adobe Flash applications to ensure that they fully support the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at launch.

As a web developer, there are a couple of items you should know about the BlackBerry Browser running on the BlackBerry Tablet OS:

1) The User Agent will continue to match the current User Agent pattern that we use with our smartphone products. For example, here is the User Agent for the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone and the User Agent for the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9800; en) AppleWebKit/534.1+
(KHTML, Like Gecko) Version/ Mobile Safari/534.1+

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (PlayBook; U; RIM Tablet OS 1.0.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.8+
(KHTML, like Gecko) Version/0.0.1 Safari/534.8+

2) The browser builds on the existing support for web standards such as HTML5 for BlackBerry by adding support for HTML5 Video and Audio, based on the power and flexibility of the underlying BlackBerry Tablet OS. The simulator does not support all codecs and some audio/video testing will require hardware to fully test. The browser supports Adobe Flash 10.1, and Adobe Flash developers will be able to test the Adobe Flash player in the simulator. We will continue to work closely with Adobe to enhance Adobe Flash implementation as we lead up to launch, and we appreciate feedback from the community on your experiences with the Adobe Flash player and browsing experience overall.

We are really excited to enable developers with the ability to start testing their web applications on the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator. You can download the simulator here. To bring your web-based applications to BlackBerry App World™ or to participate in our free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer, check out the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ platform.

About Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup is the Director for the Developer Relations program at Research In Motion (RIM), which is responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide. Mike and his team work with RIM’s developer community to provide support and guidance as developers work to integrate their applications to the BlackBerry platform. Mike joined RIM in 2001 as a Security Software Developer in RIM’s Wireless Security Group. As part of the Wireless Securty group, Mike contributed to the development of the BlackBerry Cryptography API, S/MIME and PGP implementations. Mike holds a Masters of Management Science and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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  • Anonymous

    Flash support is awesome if not a little jumpy on Vimeo.
    I have one major problem, and one question.
    First, how do I exit the browser.. oh.. never mind, swipe up.
    Swipe down answers my second question.
    I thought the black bars were the border around the display, didn’t realise they were part of the simulation.
    Posting regardless.
    Thanks :)

  • Rahul Ravikumar

    Does this simulator support all of the “blackberry.*” namespaces ? I tried using them in the old simulator but could not.

  • Rahul Ravikumar

    Does this simulator support all of the “blackberry.*” namespaces, for the Web Works SDK ?

    I could not use many of those namespaces in the old simulator.

  • Jesse

    Great job Mike!

  • biggerCC

    Geolocation seems to work – somehow. But there is no location provicer activated (GPS or cell triangulation). I still hope for built-in GPS!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, looks like BlackBerry is stepping it on up dude.

  • Sam Hassan

    Good work including the browser!
    It did crash a few times when I was trying to watch a video on Vimeo and iplayer.

    Also the app I’m developing in flash plays sounds and that isn’t working in this version of the simulator, sound works fine for flash in the browser.
    Is this a known issue or should i be dealing with sound in a certain way?

  • Terry

    I’m not sure this is the place for this quesion. Feel free to re-direct, if required.
    Downloaded and attempted to use the new version. Could not get it to install in the VMware Player (3.1.3 build-324285).
    In the final step of loading in the VMware Player I usually see Loading Neutrino….. However, now I’m seeing Loading Installer…… and text ending with cd/EULA.txt. Uninstalled, re-dowmloaded, etc, a number of times and used 2 different machines, one Windows 7 64bit with 6GB memory and 800GB free hard drive space, and the other Windows XP SP3 2GB memory and 300 GB free hard drive space. Is there a known problem or am I missing something here?

  • Flash Hopeful

    What version if the flash player reporting I’m having issues with some of my internal sights not recognizing that it is flash player 10.1

  • Vladimir Boychentsov

    how back from web application?

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