Late last week news broke detailing the first beta release of version 2.0 of the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Handset maker Research in Motion has specified that the SDK is now readily available and ready for testing. The SDK is joined in a mini developer-fest from RIM by access to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 developer beta as a device update as well as the BlackBerry Tablet Simulator.
Key features of this latest release of the native SDK include an expanded sensors API that encompasses magnetometer, gyroscope, and accelerometer support. There is "Added Payment Service" support for subscriptions and in-app purchasing — a development almost valiantly pushing RIM's commercially aligned developer efforts forward, in the face of recent hard times within the company.
Also new are improvements to the IDE in terms of usability, performance, and reliability. Last but not least we also get Scoreloop SDK 1.0 Beta 1, a technology that RIM is including to up the ante on social gaming integration. According to the Scoreloop website developer pages, "Our free SDK is a combination of cross-platform social features, in-app billing, and enhanced distribution in one package."
Amusingly, the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog states the following: "Please note that the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta is available for developers and is NOT designed for consumer use. If you've installed this build and would like to return your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to the current version, check out our guide on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog."