Building Apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook


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In this presentation we'll size up the PlayBook to the competition and talk about how to start building applications today using WebWorks or Adobe AIR.

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Building Apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook

  1. 1. Building Apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook<br />By Chris Black<br />
  2. 2. Comic Relief<br /><br />Everyone has different device preferences, there is no single device that’s right for all users<br />
  3. 3. Share of Worldwide 2010 Q4 Smartphone Sales<br /><br />
  4. 4. Background<br />I am a self employed…<br />ActionScript developer<br />Mobile applications developer<br />Google AdWordsconsultant<br />My devices…<br />BlackBerry<br />Android<br />iPod Touch<br />
  5. 5. Introducing the Playbook<br />
  6. 6. BlackBerry<br />300,000+ registered developers<br />35 million+ app world users<br />2 million downloaded every day<br />33 million+ global BBM subscribers<br />
  7. 7. Free BlackBerry PlayBook Offer<br />Click the image for official rules and details. Submission deadline is March 31, 2011!<br />
  8. 8. PlayBook Specs<br />1 GHz dual core<br />1 GB RAM<br />HD Video<br />5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4”<br />POSIX OS, SMP, Open GL, WebKit, Adobe Flash and Adobe Mobile AIR<br />
  9. 9. Video Demo<br /><br />
  10. 10. Cool Features<br />Swipes<br />Use the black border to control device options<br />Swipe left and right to switch apps<br />Swipe up to get the menu<br />Swipe down for app options menu<br />Great multi-tasking<br />Organization of applications<br />Full web browsing<br />Tethering with a BlackBerry phone<br />
  11. 11. Sizing up the competition<br />
  12. 12. Best Web Experience<br />PlayBook& Xoom<br />Both of these devices render JavaScript content faster and smoother than the iPad<br />These devices support Flash 10.2<br />
  13. 13. Cost of Entry<br />BlackBerry PlayBook<br />Free, use any computer<br />Google Android<br />$25 one time fee, use any computer<br />Apple iOS<br /> $99 / year + $999 MacBook<br />
  14. 14. Ease of Entry<br />Google wins hands down<br />Less than one hour<br />BlackBerry requires a bit more work<br />4 to 6 hours<br />Apple… I’m done pulling out my hair<br />24 hours and counting<br />*Time to register, sign and upload application to the market<br />
  15. 15. Miscellaneous<br />Most attractive: iPad<br />Best monetization: PlayBook<br />Best map application: Xoom<br />Most apps: iPad<br />Feels most like a tablet: PlayBook<br />
  16. 16. Building Applications<br />
  17. 17. Options<br />WebWorks (link)<br />Use HTML5, CSS and JavaScript to build native apps<br />Adobe AIR (link)<br />Compile to the BlackBerry PlayBook and Android 2.2+ devices in a single click<br />
  18. 18. Adobe AIR<br />Use Adobe AIR to cross deploy apps<br />
  19. 19. Building Your App<br />DON’T just build a PlayBook app<br />Consider…<br />All screen sizes<br />All input devices<br />Variety of processors and RAM<br />Variety of operating systems<br />DO layer device specific features<br />
  20. 20. Flash Builder Demo<br />Use Flash Builder Burrito to cross compile applications for Android and the PlayBook<br />More information and sample code can be found here:<br /><br />
  21. 21. Virtual Machine Demo<br />Use VMware to test on the PlayBook locally<br /><br />
  22. 22. Code Signing Demo<br />Requires command line tool right now<br /><br />
  23. 23. Device API<br />Change what your app does based on battery status events<br />Use device id for tracking purposes and identifying the user<br /><br />
  24. 24. Marketing your apps<br />
  25. 25. Know Your Market<br />Over saturated markets are harder to sell on, the AppWorld is less saturated right now<br />This simple game built by Ebsceron the BlackBerry market has tons of reviews / downloads!<br />
  26. 26. Payment Models<br />Free / Paid<br />Try & Buy<br />Licensing options available<br />Vender portal demo<br />
  27. 27. App Statistics<br />Track unique users with device key<br />Advanced BlackBerry analytics will be available soon<br />
  28. 28. Conclusion<br />There are over 50 million BlackBerry users who will be considering a tablet over the next two years.<br />The AppWorld is the least saturated market to date so start building your application today!<br />
  29. 29. Questions?<br />