RIM promises free Playbook to Developers
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According to a recent update RIM seems to be offering free PlayBooks for developers who submit an Android application to RIM’s Application world before the Valentine’s Day. Although they cannot be called as the first company to offer hardware to promote the software development, but this step is really going to give the right kick to push its device forward in the market.
It’s also true to say that they have a lot of devices lying around to be offered which are about to become Android-compatible and it is really nice to give one of their device to someone who posts an Android application to its tablet.
The new BlackBerry Runtime for Android won’t run Android binaries but RIM provides an Eclipse plug-in which makes porting a point-and-click affair so there seems little reason not to bother. They are planning to release this BlackBerry runtime later this month.
As it will not be running Android binaries RIM can’t afford to take any chance and so are busy to encourage developers to click in its direction for the free 16GB PlayBook. Till now RIM has not provided any detailed terms and conditions for this, they might be interested in to see the response of the developers in this offer.
Apart from all these there are some applications already in their Application world but the whole scenario with these applications feel a bit corporate. The prices of the applications are also a bit higher compared to other platforms such the Angry birds app costs about £4.99 compared to 69 pence on an iPad.
Let’s see how all these ends up with however the Developers need to put their effort in getting a free PlayBook.