MOBILE MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) is offering developers a free Blackberry Playbook prior to releasing the tablet in North America.
The main criterion to qualify for the Playbook tablet offer is to have a worthy application accepted into the Blackberry App World.
Developers can submit multiple Playbook apps into Blackberry App World, but each vendor will only qualify for one free tablet. Apps will need to meet the Blackberry App World Vendor Guidelines, unsurprisingly.
The move is part of RIMs attempt to get shedloads of Apps for its tablet in time for the launch. RIM has clearly focused huge amounts of brain power to work out that if the tablet is to succeed in the enterprise it needs to have plenty of applications available at launch.
RIM has opened the Blackberry App World vendor portal and is now accepting applications from developers for the Playbook.
In addition to the app store opening, RIM has also updated the Blackberry Tablet OS software development kit (SDK) for Adobe AIR. RIM says the update supports Flash Builder 4.5 and associated plug-ins and tools, and that the drag-and-drop capabilities of Flash Builder 4.5 will make it easier for developers to build Playbook apps. µ