Today at BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco, RIM unveiled a new Blackberry Tablet OS, which will come integrated with Flash Player 10.1, Adobe AIR as well as Adobe Reader. It is important to note that not just apps but the browser and apps launcher, essentially the entire UI of the BlackBerry Tablet OS are all built on Adobe AIR.
It is great news for the Flash Platform developers who will be able to create new AIR apps that can take advantage of new UI controls and system extensions of the upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS, repackage their existing AIR apps easily for the new Tablet OS, and distribute them through BlackBerry App World.
RIM will be making the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK available in the coming weeks. The SDK contains necessary component packages, UI libraries, extensions to Adobe Flash Builder and Flash Professional, packager tool, code signing tool, and simulator needed to test, simulate, develop, package and sign AIR apps that will on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Developers can sign up for an Early Access Program to get the SDK at http://www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos
A new version of Adobe AIR SDK will also be made available on Adobe Labs in the coming weeks. In the meantime, developers can begin learning about ActionScript development using Adobe Flash Builder at http://www.adobe.com/go/bbtabos. Stay tuned for more news at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles on October 23-27.