Finally RIM has launched the Native SDK for BlackBerry Tablet OS! The SDK is available for download as a closed beta, so make sure you hurry up and sign up to get access to it! This is exciting for both, developers and end users since we will being seeing a lot more cool new games and apps for the PlayBook. Here’s what RIM said:

 

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Using the OpenGL ES 2.0 API, developers can create rich and visually stunning 2D and 3D games for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The Native SDK allows developers to take direct  advantage of the power that is inherent in the BlackBerry PlayBook. Developers will be able to build high performance, multi-threaded games. A great example of the interface and graphics that can be built is Need For Speed. (http://blogs.blackberry.com/2011/02/blackberry-playbook-need-for-speed-demo-video/)

The Native SDK supports accelerometer, device orientation and other device features, as well as a number of POSIX compliant libraries, which will help developers that are porting existing games.

The Native SDK includes the QNX® Momentics Tool Suite, which is an Eclipse-based integrated development environment. QNX Momentics provides memory profiling, application debugging, and memory usage statistics. This will help developers as they debug sophisticated programs, including hardware accelerated OpenGL applications.

If you’re interested in the Native Beta SDK, fill out this form right away!