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Registered: ‎07-08-2011
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BB10 for existing Playbooks

Will apps built today for BB10 work on existing playbooks?


I am confused about this. I thought BB10 will be pushed out to existing playbooks once (or soon after) BB10 devices have been released.


But I have also heard that the playbook hardware is not powerful enough to support BB10 so does this mean there will be new versions of playbooks released with BB10?


I have also seen hacks for getting existing BB10 cascades apps running on playbook but I think these are just dirty hacks and the apps are not capable of running well.



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Registered: ‎12-08-2010
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Re: BB10 for existing Playbooks

I'm not sure who told you "PlayBook hardware is not powerful enough to support BB10" but it's not a credible statement.

As for "will apps built today for BB10 work on existing PlayBooks?" that's not necessarily a clear "Yes" yet, since we don't know what changes may be required to the APIs (if any) to fully support the PlayBook, and we don't know what developers may have to do (if anything) to things like assets to get them to scale well to the different screen size (different both physically and in resolution).

But basically BB10 will run on the PlayBooks once they've adapted and optimized it. That's very roughly targetted for a beta maybe 2-3 months after the phones are released, and a final version maybe 2-3 months after that. (Those are pretty speculative, but the info comes from RIM employees at Jam Americas, so it was their best guess at the time.)

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