RIM confirms BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android apps

By on March 24, 2011, 6:16 PM
Although the device hasn't launched yet, many prospective customers believed the PlayBook's greatest weakness would be its lackluster app selection, especially when compared to the ecosystems Apple and Google have established. Eradicating those concerns, RIM has just announced that its upcoming tablet will be able to run Android apps.

The company will release two "app players" that provide an environment for the PlayBook to run BlackBerry Java and Android 2.3 apps, which will be available through the BlackBerry App World. That functionality will arrive this summer and could open the door to more than 250,000 apps if the entire Android Market is available.

Additionally, RIM said it will release a native SDK allowing the masses to develop C/C++ applications for the PlayBook's BlackBerry Tablet OS, which is based on QNX Neutrino. These options "will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform," said RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis.

RIM will demo the new app players and the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida from May 3 to May 5. The PlayBook is slated to launch in North America on April 19 with models ranging from $499 for 16GB of internal storage to $699 for 64GB, or about the same pricing as Apple's second-generation iPad.

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matrix86 matrix86 said:

What people don't realize is that there is more than just App World. Crackberry also has quite a few apps and themes. I'm not sure what the total is combined with these two, but just wanted to throw that out there for any fellow blackberry users Though sad to say, come November, i'm going Android :P (ok, so i wasn't "sad" to say it...just being nice, lol).

BUT ANYWAY! This is nice. We may have android apps coming to blackberry tablet and may have *limited* blackberry messenger coming to android. Nice to see the two companies trying to work together a little.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

Let's hope it is a good implementation, this kind of "portability" sometimes makes some apps look out of place when they are run on non native platforms.

Guest said:

i'd be happy if they allowed us to finally use Skype on the berry platform - saw a screeny from the January Las Vegas show that had a Skype icon on the Playbook. It's the one crucial business app that iPhones/iPads get that we can't........come on RIM, sort it out.

Guest said:

Yeah seems like they ahve been focusing all their attention on this tablet and not their phones...I have a blackberry storm 2..But my next phone won't be a blackberry as much I do love it. It just isn't updated and apps are very lousy compared to the other OS's.

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