In a very smart move that will allow the upcoming PlayBook tablet to launch with the maximum number of applications possible, RIM will make available additional “app players”, one to ensure run-time compatibility with BlackBerry Java apps (over 25,000 available), the other one compatible with Android 2.3 applications (over 200,000 apps available).
In addition with the two above mentioned players, PlayBook will also support its native SDK supporting C/C++ development for the Blackberry Tablet OS together with HTML5, Flash and AIR support.
Beside the optional run-time modules, PlayBook will have gaming support as well, in the shape of Ideaworks Labs Airplay SDK and Unity Technologies game distribution service.
BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM upcoming tablet build around a 1GHz dual-core processor, 7” 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD, dual cameras capable of recording full 1080p footage (better than iPad 2) and around 10mm thin (8.8mm for iPad 2). It will launch in US in April for prices between $499 for the 16GB WiFi version t0 $699 for the 64GB version.
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