BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta: Android Runtime, WebWorks, Adobe AIR

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We’re excited to announce the availability of a BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta build today. This build gives developers early access to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 codebase and supporting tools in order to test and refine their BlackBerry apps. Please note that this is a developer preview, and that the build will not contain the end-user feature set. All BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 attendees can choose to have their free BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet loaded with this build at the registration desk. Developers not attending the conference can register their PIN at the following sites to have the build delivered Over the Air (OTA) to their devices.

Read on for an overview of what’s included in the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta build.

BlackBerry® Runtime for Android™ Apps

A beta version of the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps is included in the developer build, which allows ported Android apps to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 platform. A toolset, including an Eclipse® plugin for modifying existing Android applications, will be available along with a PlayBook simulator for testing. To simplify the process even further, you may also use the BlackBerry Packager for Android Apps, which provides a guide for converting existing apps and ensures compliance for signing and uploading to BlackBerry App World™. The BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps supports Android v2.3.3 apps. Some apps may require slight modifications to be supported. Head over to the Android microsite to check out the available toolsets!

BlackBerry® WebWorks™

The BlackBerry WebWorks platform has received another round of significant improvements, with the WebWorks SDK v2.2 for the BlackBerry PlayBook now available for developer use. Version 2.2 of the SDK includes features such as full system level file manipulation with read/write access, updated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet simulators, support for WebGL on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, signing improvements, ability to play audio when the screen dims and various bug fixes. For more information on the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK v2.2, check out the new WebWorks microsite.

Adobe® AIR®

The recently released Adobe AIR 3.0 Runtime is included in BlackBerry® PlayBook OS SDK for Adobe® AIR®, allowing developers to take full advantage of the new features. Developers can now take advantage of features such as Enhanced Native Extension Support to integrate native libraries and code bases into apps, Secure Sockets and Flash Access DRM for media rich content, Encrypted Local Storage to keep files secured and encrypted while storing sensitive information within the application and more! To learn more about the new Adobe AIR 3.0 Runtime, check out our BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR microsite.

We hope that you’re excited to try out the Developer Beta build, as well as the new tools and platform updates it supports. BlackBerry DevCon Americas attendees: don’t forget to check out the App Express stations at the conference to quickly port your existing Android apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook!

About Luke Reimer

@Luke_Reimer is a Senior Marketing Manager at BlackBerry helping to design, launch, and manage enterprise marketing programs - particularly concerning content across digital mediums. Beyond spreading BlackBerry goodness in enterprise communities, you can find Luke cooking up a storm, out on his motorcycle (when Canadian weather allows), or digging into a good science fiction book.

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