New RIM Video Showcases BlackBerry PlayBook’s Full Browsing Capabilities

The Waterloo-based maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphone, Research In Motion, today published a new video demoing the browser capabilities of the company’s yet to be released BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer.

The demo focuses on the browsing capabilities of the PlayBook, which include fully featured Java, HTML5 and Adobe Flash support that when combined truly offers a full PC like browsing experience on the company’s PlayBook tablet.

 With full Adobe Flash support, the PlayBook is able to easily handle high-definition video inline within websites, including on YouTube, without the requirement of launching the video in a third-party application, as required by Apple iOS products such as both the iPhone and iPad.

Adobe Flash support also allows the PlayBook to even fully load Flash based web games, again, inline within the website.

For example, users could play games on Facebook, as they would normally do so on their PC, while even being able to continue to receive notifications and use Facebook chat.

Apple’s iPad is currently not able to provide a full Facebook experience, including no Facebook chat support, and no Flash games support either.

The success of the iPad, which was the most popular tech product ever in terms of sales within one month (recently beat by Microsoft’s Kinect motion gaming system), is largely dependent on the wide assortment of applications available through Apple’s App Store.

The BlackBerry PlayBook at launch would likely have a marginal number of available applications compared to other platforms including Apple iOS and Google Android, meaning the company needs to entice consumers with other features, in this case, likely the browsing, which in fact seems like the best browsing experience to date compared to any other tablet computer.

RIM even offered developers a free PlayBook device if they got their applications approved in App World before the launch date, which is slated for a Q1 launch this year.

RIM is marketing the PlayBook largely as an enterprise tablet computer, complete with HD video conferencing capabilities with BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) support.

At this time, RIM has not explained how BlackBerry Messenger would work on the device, and if users would be able to sign into their BlackBerry smartphone’s BBM contact list on their PlayBook, or if the PlayBook would have a completely different list through a unique PIN, which would be very redundant.

The RIM stock (NASDAQ:RIMM) closed up 0.16-percent to $59.10 per share in today’s trading session.

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  • Alex Kinsella

    Hi Murad,
    Alex from RIM here.
    Users will have complete BlackBerry Messenger functionality and access to their BlackBerry Messenger contacts on PlayBook when paired with their BlackBerry smartphone. It’s also worth noting that PlayBook provides true multitasking capability that allows users to access and edit documents and data pushed to their BlackBerry on the PlayBook’s 7” HD display. For example, if you’re heading to a meeting, you can BBM a colleague to find out last-minute details, pull up a PowerPoint deck from your mailbox and view a YouTube link, all seamlessly from the convenient 7-inch screen.
    If you’re at CES, stop by to chat (South Hall 30320) and see PlayBook firsthand. If not, stay tuned to the Inside BlackBerry Blog for more info.

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