LOS ANGELES: RIM is to offer developers a free PlayBook tablet if they write applications for the platform.
Speaking at the Adobe Max 2010 conference, Mike Lazaridis, co-founder of RIM, showed off the company's new tablet, which uses Adobe's AIR software.
"If you write a BlackBerry application and it's accepted, you're eligible for a free PlayBook," he said.
The new tablet will be a game-changer, according to Lazaridis, offering true multitasking in a way that Apple's iPad does not. The device uses Flash and is a more open platform than the iPad, he claimed.
In addition, all attendees at the conference have been given a free Motorola Droid2 handset, as the company looks to actively recruit developers to write for the platform.
"Many people know we've been in an evolution over the last few years," said Christy Wyatt, vice president of software applications and ecosystems at Motorola. "We were the first to get Flash 10.1 and we're working closely with Adobe."
Google, meanwhile, announced that it will offer free Google TV hardware from Logitech to all attendees as an incentive to develop with the platform.
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