Angry Birds, 3D, and Bing Search Coming to BlackBerry PlayBook

Angry Birds is coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook, according to Mike Laziridis’ keynote at BlackBerry World this morning. Among other news, the RIM co-CEO also appeared on stage with surprise guest Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, announcing that Bing will be BlackBerry’s official search and Mapping software.

The rest of Laziridis’ speech seemed to be little more than a pep talk to bolster flagging attitudes concerning RIM’s outlook in the smart phone and tablet market. Plus he recapped the show’s major announcements, including the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 handsets, BlackBerry 7, video chat capabilities, and the new Facebook app.

He also touted the key selling points of the BlackBerry PlayBook, highlighting support for Adobe Flash natively within the browser, which is important because “all videos on Facebook are in Flash and the top 25 Internet properties are in Flash.” Praising the PlayBook’s video camera experience he went on to say the lackluster tablet is “straight up the best 7-inch tablet out there”.

The 3D portion of the event was all about a Swedish software company that showcased its upcoming PlayBook app. It  impressively output 1080p 3D video to TVs via HDMI port. Unity, a game development firm, also demoed its platform for 3D games. Samurai II stole the show with its graphic slice-and-dice sword action. Unity expects four more of its games to arrive to the PlayBook this summer. Other entertainment applications were demoed as well, including one for Vevo (a music video streaming service), the BlackBerry Podcasts app, and Wikitude (an app that finds nearby locations listed in Wikipedia).

We certainly hope though that more useful developments hit the PlayBook and BlackBerry products soon.

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