There were quite a few developers scrambling this weekend to make the deadline today for the free BlackBerry PlayBook. In case you missed it RIM offered up a free PlayBook to any developer that submits a viable app into App World by February 13th. I have heard that RIM’s team has been working around the clock to approve new App World vendors and app submissions and they have been sending out emails to qualified devs. Devs who submitted early are even starting to receive shipment of their free PlayBooks.
Harris let me know that Alec Saunders (@ASaunders), RIM’s head of developer relations, mentioned on Twitter today that RIM plans on extending the submission deadline for the free PlayBook “by a couple of days” with more details coming soon. RIM also mentioned that developer entries for the free PlayBook are based on the submission date and not the approval date so don’t get antsy if your app is not approved or is even rejected.
Hopefully we will hear more soon! Also its interesting to see Alec pointing out publicly that it is a “Big day at the HQ” (QNX World Headquarters) with rumors swirling that BlackBerry 10 devices will be shown off to employees or maybe its just prep for a PlayBook 2.0 launch!