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RIM Rolling Out PlayBook Native SDK Beta 0.9.4 to Developers in Beta Zone

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We have been hearing from devs for the last month or so that they have slowly been receiving access to the BlackBerry PlayBook NDK (Native Development Kit). Last week I received quite a few more tips about more devs getting access and Bla1ze over @CrackBerry seems to be hearing the same thing. I guess RIM is gearing for a much bigger rollout in preparation for DevCon though this current beta is still stuck in the Beta Zone and is invite only.

We have seen a few games already out using the NDK but development seems to be moving forward for RIM. Here is the features RIM has been sending developers:

  • The Native SDK for BlackBerry Tablet OS is now supported on Mac host systems. Mac Developers can now take advantage of the QNX Momentics Tool Suite, which has everything you need to develop programs for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet!
  • Want to extend Abobe AIR applications by writing part of the application using the Native SDK? We now provide support for Adobe AIR Extensions.
  • Updated BlackBerry Platform Services APIs and samples to help get you started developing applications right away!
  • Enhanced editing capabilities for packaging allow you to quickly update your application package for deployment, without having to edit xml files.
  • New profiles in the IDE allow you to customize the content developers see, which means seeing only functionality you need.

If you want access to the PlayBook NDK you can still apply for the beta here. Let us know if you create anything slick with the NDK.

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  1. Once RIMM smooths out the glitches on the PlayBook (occasional freezing, ghost icons) adds more media (Movie/TV streaming service, skype, BBM Music, etc.) and adds full integration with core/third party apps., PlayBook will be the best of both worlds as a consumer/enterprise device.

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