BlackBerry Playbook Tablet OS Simulator Adds Full BlackBerry Browser Support

BlackBery today, launched an updated version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator, which embeds the full BlackBerry Browser. With this updated simulator, web development community can now start testing their web apps and Adobe Flash apps to ensure that they fully support the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at launch.As a web developer, there're a couple […]

BlackBery today, launched an updated version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator, which embeds the full BlackBerry Browser. With this updated simulator, web development community can now start testing their web apps and Adobe Flash apps to ensure that they fully support the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at launch.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS with BlackBerry Browser

As a web developer, there're a couple of items you should know about the BlackBerry Browser running on the BlackBerry Tablet OS:

  1. User Agent will continue to match the current UA pattern that's use with smartphone products. Here's the UA for BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone and the UA for the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

    BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone User Agent
    Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9800; en) AppleWebKit/534.1+
    (KHTML, Like Gecko) Version/6.0.0.141 Mobile Safari/534.1+

    BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet User Agent
    Mozilla/5.0 (PlayBook; U; RIM Tablet OS 1.0.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.8+
    (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/0.0.1 Safari/534.8+

  2. The browser builds on the existing support for web standards such as HTML5 for BlackBerry by adding support for HTML5 Video and Audio, based on the power and flexibility of the underlying BlackBerry Tablet OS.

    The simulator doesn't support all codecs and some audio/video testing will require hardware to fully test. The browser supports Flash 10.1, and Flash developers will be able to test the Adobe Flash player in the simulator.

  3. You can download the simulator here.

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