RIM releases SDK beta for BlackBerry Playbook

13 Jan 2011

RIM launched the beta version of its BlackBerry WebWorks software development kit (SDK) for its tablet OS for the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook.

The kit was launched at the BlackBerry DEVCON Asia and RIM says it draws on continued collaboration with the open-source community.

The BlackBerry WebWorks platform lets web and mobile developers use the SDK with their web development tools of choice to develop apps for the PlayBook.

The apps created with this also support BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry 6 OS.

The BlackBerry WebWorks SDK provides RIM’S WebKit engine which supports HTML5, CSS and Javascript.

It can also automatically transform as W3C widget archive file containing web assets into a BlackBerry WebWorks application package.

The kit also has access to device capabilities and components, such as native dialogues, application invocation and system information.

The BlackBerry Playbook was shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The SDK is available on BlackBerry’s website.