Research in Motion is undeniably late to the tablet game. But that doesn’t mean that the company does not have enough armor to fight its rivals. One critical advantage seems to be its incredibly easy app development procedure. The Blackberry Tablet OS SDK supports a number of technologies like Adobe AIR, Flash and HTML that developers who already have applications in these technologies can easily port them over to the new platform.
RIM has also released a PlayBook simulator for Windows, Mac and Linux which means developers on all these platforms can build and test applications that they may submit to the Blackberry App World for inclusion. And that comes with a reward. RIM has announced that developers who get their apps for Blackberry Tablet OS submitted and approved to the App World before the launch of the tablet in North America will win a free PlayBook.
You can check out the complete terms and conditions for the offer on the Blackberry website here.
Research in Motion has announced that the company has removed the popular Kik messenger from the App World following a number of issues withthe application. In a statement, the company said,
“RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service and, following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World. RIM is actively reviewing the issues and potential resolutions, and is also continuing its discussions with Kik.”
There is no word on the potential cause for the removal. While it is possible that RIM sees the Kik messenger as a threat to their own Blackberry Messenger, it is also possible that the Waterloo based company sees Kik’s contact farming strategy a bit on the grey side. Anyway, we hear that the two companies are still talking and so a resolution should be offered soon enough.
Mike Lazaridis, the co-CEO of Research in Motion announced on stage during the AdobeMAX developer conference that developers who build apps for the AppWorld platform now get “eligible” to win a free Blackberry PlayBook – yes, the tablet device that is releasing shortly. Now, this was an one off comment and we are still unsure if this means every developer who builds an app over the next few days stands to win a PlayBook or if this is for a selected few from this list. Sure, there is no information about this on the AppWorld developer website.
Either way, this is the best time for app developers to jump into the AppWorld platform. The registration and submission fee for getting accepted are waived at this point in time and those of you who manage to get in now at least save on the $200 entry fee with which you can buy a PlayBook for yourself.
You can keep your Blackberry secure by locking down the entire device. But if that is alone not enough, the AppLock Blackberry app will come of help. This is not exactly a new application but is a pretty useful tool in order to let users set passwords for specific applications or even to password protect email messages and other folders on your Blackberry. The AppLock application also works with folders on your phone’s SD card. Here is a rundown on the features
- Lock any number of applications you want.
- Lock Native as well as 3rd Party applications.
- Lock whole Messages app or Emails from specific persons only.
- Protect selected media folders on your SD Card.
- Intelligent Operation – Auto Lock on BackLight Off & Phone Lock.
- Constant Protection for maximum security.
- Supported on all OS 4.2.1 and above.
The AppLock application retails at a price of $2.99 from the Blackberry AppWorld though the app is presently available at a discounted price of $0.99. You can check out the app by clicking here.