RIM has announced that they are now accepting app submissions from developers for their new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and any developers that get their applications approved for the BlackBerry App World will receive a free PlayBook tablet.
The offer of a free tablet is obviously a move by RIM to entice developers to their platform, we have seen something similar with Microsoft with the launch of the Windows Phone 7 platform where they paid a selection of developers to develop apps for their platform.
Developing for the PlayBook has been a pleasurable experience. The APIs are straightforward and optimized for the device and the environment is cross-platform,” said Jerome Carty, President, JCX Systems, Inc. “The thing that impresses me the most is the potential for the hardware. The gestures for the PlayBook make the device feel as though you have unlimited surface area since they extend beyond the screen to the bezel. This will make for a fun and unique experience for developers and end-users.”
Obviously RIM are hoping to have a wide range of applications available for the PlayBook tablet when it goes on sale.