Con sabor agridulce, RIM presenta precio y fecha del PlayBook

El PlayBook, al igual que el iPad y el TouchPad, tiene un sistem operativo propio, creado por su fabricante. Imagen: RIM.
Estará listo en menos de un mes y sus videos han generado gran expectativa, aunque el precio podría desalentar hasta a los más fieles seguidores de BlackBerry.

El PlayBook, al igual que el iPad y el TouchPad de HP, tiene un sistema operativo propio, creado por su fabricante. Imagen: RIM.

Ya comienza a sentirse una ola de calor en el mercado de tablets, y no estoy hablando de la llegada de la primavera al hemisferio norte. En el último mes, los anuncios de los fabricantes de estos dispositivos han mantenido al rojo vivo a la industria. Para nombrar solo algunos, a principios de marzo Apple reveló la secuela del iPad, hace pocos días Motorola anunció fecha y precio para la versión Wi-Fi del Xoom y hoy Samsung mostró 2 tablets.

Ahora es el turno de RIM, que por fin ha dado detalles sobre la disponibilidad de su tablet, el BlackBerry PlayBook.

La empresa canadiense confirmó hoy que su tablet estará en el mercado estadounidense el 19 de abril, algo que seguramente celebrarán los fanáticos de RIM, pues la fecha está a la vuelta de la esquina. Sin embargo, es posible que los precios que exige la empresa por un tablet de 7 pulgadas que no tiene 3G (ni 4G) interrumpan el júbilo.

El tablet de RIM costará 499, 599 y 699 dólares (unos 930.000, 1’110.000 pesos y 1’300.000) si tiene 16 GB, 32 GB o 64 GB de capacidad respectivamente. Esos precios están en línea con lo que piden Motorola, Apple y Samsung por sus tablets con capacidades similares, pero tienen 10 pulgadas de pantalla, no apenas 7 como el PlayBook. En contraste, el recién anunciado Galaxy Tab 8,9 es más económico, pero logra tener hardware muy similar siendo más delgado y a pesar de tener una pantalla casi 30% más grande.

¿Usted qué opina de los detalles de lanzamiento de este nuevo aparato? ¿Será una potencia en la guerra de tablets o sucumbirá ante el poderío (y el precio) de Apple, Samsung y los demás fabricantes?

Luis Iregui V.

Luis Iregui V.

Soy un adicto a la tecnología. Lo acepto y lo celebro. Como buen adicto, tengo toda una historia detrás de mi condición. Comencé con una obsesión por los videojuegos que con los años se transformó en una pasión por todas las cosas relacionadas a la tecnología. Esta manía me ha llevado a mantener mi cuenta bancaria en ceros, siempre a la merced del último gadget, el último juego o el último celular. Intenté satisfacer mi adicción estudiando sistemas en Estados Unidos, pero no quedé convencido y terminé desubicado en Los Andes, graduado como abogado pero frustrado por no tener un futuro tecnológico claro por delante. Para mejorar mi situación, comencé una página dedicada el cubrimiento del mundo de los videojuegos (lapaginadejuegos.com), pero incluso eso no fue suficiente para satisfacer mi apetito digital. Después de muchas vueltas, llego a ENTER.co con el sueño de convertir este sitio en el lugar de referencia para los adictos latinoamericanos como yo, que jamás están satisfechos y viven al borde de sus sillas, pendientes de todo lo que ocurre en el maravilloso mundo de la tecnología.

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  • La galaxy tab de 7 pulgadas tiene doble camara como el ipad 2 y conexión wifi y 3G, 16 G de memoria y capacidad de expandir con 32G más y salió hace 8 meses. Yo creo que no será competencia.

  • mmm interesante, Diria que se devuelva por donde vino, pero mucha gente compra por el logo, no por lo que es capaz de hacer la maquina, o lo que en verdad el usuario necesita, aunque admito que no soy partidario de BB y si este equipo no tiene 3G seria muy bueno en lugares donde la cobertura de ciertos operadores de telefonia no es muy buena…

    slds

  • Las notas de Enter.com contra RIM siempre tienen ese sin sabor de sesgo para nada bueno.

    Yo no veo la hora de tener esta tablet en mi mano.. es muchisima mas poderosa que Ipad2 … una nueva version sin flash ??!? soporta Android apps …no.. en cambio RIM SI!!
    Miren la tablet de RIM .. comparen y decidan.

    RIM Expands Application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook
    BlackBerry PlayBook to support BlackBerry Java and Android apps
    Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support
    Support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)
    BlackBerry PlayBook becomes a new market opportunity for all the developers who have already created over 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps
    WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 24, 2011) – Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to greatly expand the application ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

    RIM will launch two optional «app players» that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

    In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry® Tablet OS. For game-specific developers, RIM is also announcing that it has gained support from two leading game development tooling companies, allowing developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to bring their games to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    Support for BlackBerry Java and Android Apps

    «The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,» said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. «The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.»

    Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility. The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure «sandbox» on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.

    Developers will simply repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Tablet OS are built on the QNX® Neutrino® microkernel architecture with a 1GHz dual core processor and a leading OpenGL solution, which allows RIM to make this incredibly broad platform support possible.

    BlackBerry PlayBook users and developers who are interested in seeing the new app players for BlackBerry Java and Android apps can see demos at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011) (www.blackberryworld.com).

    BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Tools

    The BlackBerry Tablet OS already supports an incredibly robust platform with support for Web development standard HTML5, through the BlackBerry® WebWorksTM SDK for Tablet OS, and Adobe® AIR®, through the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built from the ground up to run WebKit and Adobe® Flash® as well, giving developers a fast and true Web experience to leverage.

    RIM is also announcing today that the BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit (NDK), which is currently in limited alpha release, will go into open Beta by this summer and be demonstrated at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to build high-performance, multi-threaded, native C/C++ applications with industry standard GNU toolchains. Developers can create advanced 2D and 3D applications and special effects by leveraging programmable shaders available in hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

    Other features of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to:
    Take advantage of the QNX POSIX library support and C/C++ compliance for quick and easy application porting and for creating native extensions for both BlackBerry and Android applications
    Easily integrate device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs
    Integrate the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment into existing code management and build systems using industry standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools)
    Leverage work done in standard C/C++ to make it easier to bring applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS
    Find and fix bugs quickly with provided debug and analysis tools
    «The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users,» said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software at Research In Motion. «The upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK beta will add C/C++ tools to our repertoire and gives developers one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on.»

    Gaming Engines

    Building on the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK, RIM is working with leading gaming and application development technology providers such as Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to implement their native engines and application development platforms. Developers will be able to take advantage of these engines when building games and other applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    The Ideaworks Labs Airplay SDK is expected to include support for the BlackBerry Tablet OS soon, making it easy for publishers and developers to use their existing code to bring their games and apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    «Supporting a new OS can be a challenge for developers,» says Alex Caccia, President of Ideaworks Labs, «however, integration of the BlackBerry Tablet OS with the Airplay SDK makes this a non-issue. We think this is a far-sighted move by RIM: the BlackBerry PlayBook is a great device for games and applications, and combining this with content distribution via BlackBerry App World brings an exciting new ecosystem for developers.»

    RIM has also been working closely with Unity Technologies, providers of the highly popular, multi-platform Unity development platform and Union, the firm’s games distribution service. Through Union, dozens of high-quality Unity-authored games are slated to make their way to BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry Playbook.

    «With a sharp focus on the multimedia experience, very powerful hardware, and fantastic games in the pipeline, the BlackBerry Playbook has all the right ingredients to be a mainstream hit,» said Brett Seyler, GM of Union at Unity Technologies. «Through Union, Unity developers have an opportunity to reach a new audience and grow with another great new platform.»

    Availability

    The new app players for the BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer. More information and demonstrations of the new app players will be shared at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will be available in beta later this year and will also be showcased at BlackBerry World.

    Useful Links

    For more information on the BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry PlayBook developing, visit BlackBerry – Tablet OS – Calling All Apps for the BlackBerry Tablet OS
    To see the BlackBerry Tablet OS in action running conceptual applications from The Astonishing Tribe, please visit http://www.youtube.com/blackberry#p/c/8D8C3A23664E6761/5/uH7NKhNyygw and http://www.youtube.com/blackberry#p/c/8D8C3A23664E6761/0/mWJG-sB7H4Y.

    For RIM insights into developing for the BlackBerry Platform, visit http://devblog.blackberry.com or follow @BlackBerryDev on Twitter.
    Visit the BlackBerry Developer Zone at http://www.blackberry.com/developers for the latest news, information and updates for BlackBerry developers.

    Visit the BlackBerry Developer Video Library at http://www.blackberry.com/go/developervideolibrary to view a variety of instructional videos.
    Sign up for the BlackBerry Developer Newsletter at BlackBerry – BlackBerry Developer Newsletter.

    For the latest news and information about the BlackBerry Developer Conference visit http://www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com.

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