At the Adobe MAX conference yesterday, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch showed the new BlackBerry PlayBook in action for the first time. A five and a half minute video has been posted online that shows most of the tablet’s demonstration and includes a pointed attack at the Apple iPad, the leading tablet on the market. The video shows off the PlayBook’s interface, how it multitasks, and how it can run Adobe Air and Flash apps.
RIM has made it possible to develop Adobe Air products for the PlayBook and baked Flash Player 10.1 into the PlayBook browser, so it makes sense to show the device off at Adobe’s conference. In a clear attack on the Apple iPad, which doesn’t run Adobe Flash products, Lazaridis said: “We’re not trying to dumb down the Internet for a small mobile device. What we’re trying to do is bring up the performance and capability of the mobile device to the Internet.”
The interface of the PlayBook doesn’t look anything like the iPad or a BlackBerry home screen. When the PlayBook is on its home screen, the look of the OS is very clean. With the tablet in landscape mode, there are six large icons at the bottom of the screen and the top of the screen shows the time, icons for music, Bluetooth, battery life, Wi-Fi, and settings. The middle of the screen shows what is currently running.
As for the Adobe tie-ins, Lazaridis noted that the PlayBook’s media viewer was written in Adobe Air and showed the device running other applications all at the same time. He also showed a full HD YouTube video playing from the regular YouTube website from inside the PlayBook browser.
Check out the full video below: