For those of you who attended Adobe MAX 2010 or followed it online, you already know the good news. For those of you who haven’t, just brace yourselves.
BlackBerry announced the fact that they are going to produce a tablet rival for the iPad. It will be called the PlayBook and it’s a 7″ tablet with a screen resolution of 1024×600 and 1GB of RAM, which is a hell of a lot more that that iPad-thingie. Now in itself not that shocking, right? Wrong, because the interesting fact is that the PlayBook will have full Adobe AIR support.
And the news gets even better. BlackBerry is having a developer promotion that will get you a free PlayBook when you develop an application for the device and get it published on the BlackBerry App Store. And it doesn’t have to be a pure ActionScript project; you can even use Flex to create your app. Isn’t that awesome?
Now, there’s just one small glitch. Even though BlackBerry has released the SDK to allow developers to start creating nice apps, the actual device is not yet in production. But don’t let that hold you back, because Michaël Chaize has a very nice tutorial on how to install the PlayBook simulator and get started on your first PlayBook app.
So get cracking at an awesome AIR app and get your free PlayBook. I know I’m thinking of something to develop…