Yesterday RIM announced their tablet computer, the PlayBook, with an impressive set of specs and what looks like a great form factor. But what I thought was the coolest part of the announcement is that Adobe AIR is going to play a central role in application development on the tablet. While there will be support for Java eventually and developers can use C++ to tie into things like OpenGL, Adobe AIR is the primary way to develop applications for the tablet.
In fact, a lot of the work on the tablet is already being done in AIR. The browser, the application launcher, and a lot of the default applications have been built using Adobe AIR. One of the cool things is that this is just one step in a long evolution of Flash. The company behind the tablet OS, QNX, was acquired by RIM back in April. QNX has long been a partner of Adobe and is one of the experts on porting Flash to different pieces of hardware. So they’ve got a ton of experience working in the guts of Flash and it sounds like a lot of that knowledge went into the AIR integration on the PlayBook.
So if you’re building AIR applications then this is one more place you’ll be able to bring those skills. You can get a jump on development by heading over to the labs page we have set up for the BlackBerry and of course, there will be a lot more good stuff at MAX, so you’ll want keep an eye on news coming out of LA for the latest.Tweet