RIM releases updated BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for PlayBook Tablet OS

BlackBerry WebWorks SDK
By Adam Zeis on 23 Jun 2011 12:51 pm EDT

RIM has announced today that they have introduced v2.1 of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS. This release adds new APIs and application functionality which developers can easily leverage to create WebWorks applications that deliver a richer, more interactive end user experience. The new APIs include more ways for developers to accomplish more within their PlayBook applications including:

  • More Ways to Monetize: With support for the BlackBerry In App Payment API developers can now include In App Payment Services as part of their applications. This enables them to sell digital goods directly from their BlackBerry PlayBook applications.
  • More Ways to Integrate: Developers can now further integrate their applications with the functionality of the Tablet OS for PlayBook and can create new BlackBerry experiences that leverage the PlayBook's professional grade features. Among the new APIs that enable deeper integration are the Camera API for taking pictures/video taping from within the WebWorks applications with the PlayBook's powerful dual HD cameras; the Microphone API which developers can use to activate the capability to record audio with the PlayBook's microphone; the Identity API provides applications with the ability to retrieve information about the BlackBerry PlayBook PIN; and the File IO API which gives developers the possibility to read, copy and write files onto the Tablet OS file system.
  • More Development Choices: In addition to JavaScript, many Tablet OS WebWorks APIs can now be called using AJAX which allows for increased development flexibility for developers who prefer a RESTful or URI implementation.

To help developers with a smooth transition to version 2.1 of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK, RIM has also updated the API Reference Guide and included an additional mechanism to call some of the WebWorks APIs. To learn more about how to get started and download the latest WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS.

More information/download of WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS

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RIM releases updated BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for PlayBook Tablet OS


Reading this announcement, I realize that there is no way there could have been a Skype App yet... (based on WebWorks SDK at least)...

But I wonder every day, why Kindle is taking so long.

I think with the announcement of the Amazon tablet coming in August they probably decided to let it slide. Amazon probably thinks the Android emulator on the PB will suffice and not bother to write a native PB app.

Cool!! Seems like now options are open for getting new Video Chat applications and also Photo/Video Editing applications. With In-app purchases open, we should soon see Ebay and Amazon apps too (including Kindle I wish) :)

Good that they are adding more functionality to webworks, but they need to release the native NDK already. THAT will be a turning point for the Playbook.

When I see a picture of someone on Crackberry giving a presentation the first thing that comes to mind is Steve Jobs announcing a new product and release date. When will RIM get the message and announce the release date of the Bold Touch 9900 :o)

"developers can now include In App Payment Services as part of their applications"...

... and then get sued by Lodsys

Great way to monetize.