BlackBerry PlayBook: The Apps Are Already Coming

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You may know that many attendees were surprised during the Adobe MAX keynote when Kevin Lynch of Adobe revealed that the tablet he was using was a BlackBerry PlayBook. You may have also seen RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis joining him soon afterward for a detailed BlackBerry PlayBook app demo.

What many of you might not know is that, owing to the ease-of-development of the BlackBerry Tablet OS and related tools, developers are already writing apps—and quickly. (Keep in mind that the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR has only been out since Monday!) Here’s a quick highlight of what developers are already building for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

First, there’s the eUnity app from Client Outlook that Kevin demonstrated using data streaming over the conference hall’s WiFi connection. eUnity allows medical professionals to share and collaborate around medical images.

According to MobiHealthNews, “it only took [Client Outlook’s] developers two hours to get its eUnity application running on the PlayBook, because the software development kit (SDK) that RIM provided was so easy to use.”

Image Credit: Shao128, Retrieved via CrackBerry Forums

Next, we have the folks at CrackBerry.Com. Claiming to be the first ever BlackBerry PlayBook app (the judges are still poring over the photo finish), they’re highlighting a CrackBerry launcher produced by Shaosoft.

They assure readers that “the app will only get prettier and more feature-packed by the time you get your hands on a PlayBook of your own.”

Now, check out these two tweets from developer Jerome Carty the very day of the PlayBook SDK introduction:

Jerome was kind enough to provide a video sample of the browser after a bit more polish (2 1/2 hours total development time, ed.):

Here’s what Jerome had to say about the whole process:

“Once I heard the PlayBook announcement, I was excited to get coding. The recent announcement of the AIR SDK being made available was a motivator and I started to write something that could be a challenge so I can gain knowledge of the APIs as fast as possible.

I was amazed to find that everything I needed was available via the API and made it simple to develop a browser for the PlayBook within a half an hour! I cannot wait to get started on my submission for App World now that I know how straight-forward it is to program for the PlayBook.”

One reason why Jerome is eager to get his app submitted into BlackBerry App World: we’re giving away BlackBerry PlayBooks to developers whose Adobe AIR apps are accepted into BlackBerry App World prior to the PlayBook launch. (More details as to eligibility coming soon.) Post a comment and let us know about your own BlackBerry PlayBook app development story!

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