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RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers

Do you develop BlackBerry apps? Here’s your chance to get your own free BlackBerry PlayBook. Research In Motion (RIM) recently opened the BlackBerry App World vendor portal to begin accepting BlackBerry PlayBook apps from developers.

BlackBerry PlayBook offer Registered developers who submit a qualifying BlackBerry PlayBook app that is accepted into BlackBerry App World prior to the initial product launch in North America will receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook, subject to certain terms and conditions. Although developers are encouraged to submit multiple apps, there is a limit of one free BlackBerry PlayBook per registered developer in BlackBerry App World.

RIM recently released an update to the Beta version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The update now supports Flash Builder 4.5 (Burrito/Flex Mobile) with plug-ins that work with either Flash Builder 4.0 or the pre-release version of Flash Builder Burrito. Support for Flash Builder Burrito adds drag and drop capabilities, making it even easier and faster for developers to build applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The latest Beta of the SDK also supports Windows in 64-bit and includes a simulator for Linux.

Here are some useful links to help you start developing for the PlayBook:

  • BlackBerry Tablet OS Development (http://www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos)
    • Getting Started Guide for Windows, Mac and Linux
    • Development Guide
    • Developer Tools for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS Webcast Series
  • Twitter (www.twitter.com/blackberrydev @BlackBerryDev)
  • BlackBerry Support Forums
  • For more info about the free BlackBerry PlayBook offer, head to http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/playbook_offer.jsp.

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