RIM BlackBerry Playbook SDK Released

Research in Motion has demoed the BlackBerry PlayBook 7-inch tablet device at Adobe's MAX conference at Las Vegas alongside the release of the PlayBook SDK to developers ahead of its 2011 launch.

Developers will be able to download the PlayBook SDK from the RIM website and can start building applications for the device, set to be launched in early 2011.

The PlayBook is a 7-inch tablet PC and is stacked full of all the key BlackBerry enterprise features, such as e-mail and instant messaging, as well as offer improved multitasking functionality.

One of the main PlayBook features highlighted by RIM is the support for Adobe's AIR platform, which allows developers to make apps that work when offline.

During the PlayBook presentation, RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis announced that developers who get an app approved on the App World BlackBerry application store will receive a free PlayBook device.

Following RIM's demonstration of the PlayBook, its shares rose 9.5 per cent to $56.62 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading.