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RIM Announces Flash-Enabled “PlayBook” Tablet

RIM has recently announced a new internet tablet device called “PlayBook”  that will run Flash Player 10.1  and Adobe AIR for mobile devices. The PlayBook will be running RIM’s own BlackBerry Tablet OS which will allow developers to build apps for the device only using HTML 5 and the Adobe Flash Platform.

Developers interested in targeting tablets should check out Adobe Labs’ page on BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry Tablet OS Developer Zone.

It is very interesting to see how many of the devices competing with the iPhone and the iPad use their competing devices capability to play Flash content as a major marketing feature and a fundamental element for having true unrestricted web.

This must be a great time for Flash developers as more mobile devices come out with Flash support and the ease at which Flash applications can be ported in iPhone Apps becomes easier.

You can learn more about the BlackBerry PlayBook at RIM’s official website. The PlayBook is expected to be out for developers and enterprise users in October, and should be made available to the public by the start of 2011.

Adobe AIR on Mobile Devices

Adobe unveiled in the recent Mobile World Congress the mobile version of AIR for the Android OS. Like its desktop counterpart, AIR on mobile devices would allow developers to create applications with access to the phone memory and other system attributes and which can be deployed easily on all mobile operating systems that support the runtime.

During the event demos of AIR were shown on the Motorola DROID, but the runtime would also be available for other operating systems such as Blackberry. The new Flash CS5 Professional will allow exporting a mobile application created into a native iPhone application or an AIR application for a mobile device making it very easy to deploy the same project on multiple platforms simultaneously.

You can read more about this and watch demo videos at the Flash Mobile Blog.

There still isn’t any official release date for Flash CS5 Professional – the tool that will enable developers to create native iPhone applications or AIR applications for mobile devices.

Adobe Working on Blackberry Support

Adobe Blackberry In addition to its efforts to appear on the iPhone and Android, Adobe has announced in a recent developers conference its cooperation with RIM to bring the full Flash Player to the Blackberry platform.

According to Comscore there are more than 14 million blackberry devices out there and Adobe believes this to be a serious market to tap into.

In addition to the announcement of the full Flash Player, Adobe also announced its intention to Adobe Air and Flex Mobile platform for Blackberry, making RIM the first hardware manufacturer to publicly announce its support of these two new mobile technologies from Adobe.

You can learn more about this announcement at the official Flash Mobile Blog.