WingflApps

WingflApps is a wing of the Wingflap Development Network and is dedicated to the creation of applications for phone and tablet devices.

The Blackberry Playbook was released on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. It is a very powerful and elegant device. The initial reviews slammed it for 3 basic reasons.

  1. The power button is small, too flush with the top surface, and difficult to press.
  2. There are no native PIM apps.
  3. There are no apps.

Power Button

The power button is tiny, but you generally don't turn the thing off. I think of it more as a reset button, than a power button, so it's actually good that it's recessed.

No PIMs

RIM has committed to adding native PIM apps by the beginning of this summer (very soon). But... if you have a Blackberry smart phone, you can use the Blackberry Bridge which securly connects your Playbook to your phone allowing you to use email, calendar, tasks, memos, bbm, and the browser from your phone. So, you're actually all set if you have a Blackberry, and will by this summer if you're not.

No Apps

This is where the fun comes in. The Playbook is so powerful and it's Tablet OS is so well-designed that you can write apps in Adobe Air, HTML 5 (WebWorks), or native Java via the native API. As of launch, there were approximately 3000 apps available in app world. RIM has acquired some software powerhouses like QNX, TAT, DocsToGo, and others who are all integrating seemlessly into the Tablet OS environment making all of these acquired assets available to the programmer via very well constructed and easy-to-access APIs.

The QNX team has finished an Android simulator which will be available soon as well. This is an unusual opportunity for developers to be able to involved from the ground up. RIM is not going away anytime soon, and the Playbook is a very impressive device.

This site is a place to follow or join in on the fun of creating and promoting aps for the Blackberry Playbook.