RIM Tempts App Coders With The Promise Of A Free PlayBook

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is offering a free PlayBook tablet device to registered developers who submit applications for the upcoming tablet PC.

RIM urged the developers to start building applications for the tablet device, which is expected to be launched during the first quarter of 2011.

Registered developers who successfully get an app approved for the BlackBerry app store will receive a free PlayBook device before the tablet is launched in the market.

“Registered developers who submit a qualifying BlackBerry PlayBook app that is accepted into BlackBerry App World prior to the initial product launch in North America will receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook,” the company said.

Developers wanting to qualify for the scheme will have to submit their apps before 1 February 2011. RIM has already provided SDKs for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, for developers to get a head start.

The company has provided further details regarding the deal on this page.