Rim tempts tablet coders with freebie PlayBooks
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Want a free Rim BlackBerry PlayBook? Then develop an app for it.
You'll need to be registered with Rim, too.
The company yesterday said it is now accepting PlayBook-oriented submissions to the BlackBerry app store, undoubtedly with a view to having plenty available when the tablet goes on sale in the US and Canada during Q1 2011.
Fortunately, SDKs for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are already available, and you can code up apps using Adobe's Air platform too.
Added Rim: "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 deal is, Rim admitted, "subject to certain terms and conditions" which are outlined in several dozen paragraphs of small print .
No pr0n or fart apps please, we're Canadian. 'Hello World'-type apps are out too.
You have until 1 February 2011 to code up and submit your app, a point which may indicate when Rim will release the tablet.
Full details of the deal here . ®