BlackBerry PlayBook Demo Highlights from Adobe MAX

Adobe AIR Development

RIM President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis showcased some amazing BlackBerry PlayBook apps yesterday at the Adobe MAX conference with Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe. The above video highlights some of what Mike and Kevin demoed during the keynote, such as the BlackBerry PlayBook’s multimedia capabilities (including web based videos using Adobe Flash), multitasking and the eUnity healthcare application. All apps demoed during the keynote were built by developers working with the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR as part of an early access program. The other applications included:

    SAP Crystal Solutions Dashboard and CIO Cockpit by SAP
    Chatter, an enterprise IM application by

Check out the BlackBerry PlayBook demo video to see what they showed on stage and post a comment to let us know what you liked the most!

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  • Joel In Real Life

    “This is a private video. If you have been sent this video, please make sure you accept the sender’s friend request.”

  • dakid

    i can’t wait for the playbook, did not really want to get an iPad and i have a blackberry phone so i can pair it and use it with my wireless provider, i hope. this will be great make apple step their game up. the playbook looks and seems like a very professional tablet that even all regular non executive type consumers can use, good job RIM!

  • Michael Burke Jnr

    Absolutely cannot wait for this to be released. I’m releasing an app for a website I’m working on, and it’ll be live by about the time this comes out. This excites me more as the Playbook will support AIR, which I’m using for the desktop applications anyway. This means I can port the desktop versions of the application to this Playbook. Same can’t be said for the iPad *spits*

  • Alex

    Why oh Why does RIM always use the slowest software technologies (Java, Adobe Air) possible. They did good with using QNX OS, but blew their load on slow Adobe Air. I first wondered why they needed a dual core 1 Ghz processor and 1 GB of RAM for QNX and then they announced Air integration. Don’t get me wrong, Air has come along way since version 1, but it’s still slow and will probably eat through the battery life. Great job playing catch up! LOL

    • Dave Malins

      From experience, Adobe air isn’t actually slow at all. At least the device supports such a platform! I say good on them. A full featured multitasking OS with some impressive hardware grunt underneath – this is going to be amazing.

      I don’t think there’s any catch-up here at all. Hardware is impressive (dual HD cameras too). Rock solid QNX platform with true multitasking. BES integration (a HUGE plus). There’s nothing on the market that can compete with this in true terms.

    • Prom1

      If you wanna see just how excellent AdobeAIR can be … create an account and login to download paid music at – a PRIME example of AIR that works right. Flash crashes on my OS X 10.6.5 Apple AL_uMB but AIR from Beatport has yet to fail … I download 15 tracks per week for the past 8mths.

  • User

    This is great stuff. Many advantages over iPad and Android tablets out there. I cannot wait to start developing for the PlayBook. Great job RIM!

  • Mmarat

    Hey .. What about running old BB OS 4.5 , 5.0 .. 6.0 based applications on this device ? Those tall guys said absolutely nothing about …

    • Robert

      Actually, it will run all BB Apps… except that I probably won’t be optimized for the Playbook

      • Mmarat

        BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK Beta for Adobe AIR … This is only the tool for now … BlackBerry API’s are a little bit different then this one ;-)

        >Actually, it will run all BB Apps…
        Nothing about that .. on a RIM site .. rumors just rumors .. no more …

  • Daniel

    This is interesting, AIR brings some real cross platform development potential..

    • Amit

      I can just imaginge, how wonderful it would be to develop applications on QNX platform.

  • dg

    Will the tablet have full pc function including word, excel, powerpoint, etc….?

    • Mleckman

      I understand that it will have the Docs to Go built in. My biggest hope for the playbook is for Enterprise integration. RDP/Terminal/Citrix integration so the travellers can get access to the world they need access to and not a “skyview map”.

  • Schultzter

    Seriously?! Your choices should be 1) Java, 2) C/C++, or 3) both. Anything else might sound like a good idea in the meeting room but good friggin’ luck in the real world! Check out Tiobe’s stats – ActionScript isn’t even on the list!!! Hopefully support for Adobe AIR means they support HTML/CSS/JavaScript – otherwise this one’s DOA! When they come out with a real SDKI let me know!!!

  • Richard Edge

    Never mind the iPad, I want one of these. :-)

  • Sdr8r

    when will it be available? I can’t wait.

  • Cezar

    RIM Rulezzz great job

  • Amy Hahn

    i want to know when its coming out!! forget the itouch and ipad and all that give me my blackberry playbook and i’m set

  • Dave Malins

    Looks awesome – especially considering this is still months from release and in early beta stages. This will no doubt be silky smooth upon release and has amazing potential! Dual HD cameras – can’t wait to see full videoconferencing abilities on this device!

    I think RIM should send me a free evaluation model on release :) How about it, RIM? Pleeease?

  • Vitor

    I’m expecting “plain old” cod files to be supported. We just got the beta version of the SDK, so, hang on and wait for the news. Till then, why not and try to see what Air can do? Looking at the demo and seing those apps made in Air, I didn’t notice any slowdown. After all, Air is just the interface for the real stuff hidden beneath it (the OS), just like when you run cods, or not?

    HD videos? Real web (with flash)? HDMI out? Easier to build better UIs? Count me in (user and developer) :)

    We’ll see who’ll play catch up…

  • Giovanni

    When will be available and what is the price….?
    Here in Brazil, Apple failed because they didn’t put Ipad in local market yet, please BB tablet it seems a better product than IPAD.

    To be honest, this is the tablet I was thiking that would be awesome, but none company would create it. Now please just sell here in Brazil, for an affordable price! :)

  • BodyJewels

    I just got a Coby , EGADS AWFUL… I thought is would be good for on the go business , Help Blackberry , I need your New BB PlayBook asap .. I can’t wait I am so excited to use this as a test drive for my Jewelry design business !!

  • Tabbycat

    Looks fab! Was going to go for the iPad but not any more. Cant wait to get my hands on one.

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