BlackBerry PlayBook To Run Android Apps

In a move that indicates its strategy of cross-platform integration, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has officially announced that its upcoming tablet, the PlayBook, will run BlackBerry Java as well as Android apps! This essentially means that all PlayBook users will have access to over 200,000 apps of the Android app store. Surely, this is a sweet, sweet deal for all prospective PlayBook owners.

However, access to all the Android apps will be available through the BlackBerry App World only, meaning that developers will have to sign and resubmit their “ported” apps first, should they choose to do so. Also, RIM has mentioned support only for Android 2.3 apps so far, with no mention of Android 3.0 yet. Simultaneously, RIM will be releasing the native PlayBook SDK soon, meaning that developers can start creating apps exclusively very soon.

We had reported earlier about RIM’s alleged plan to bring its coveted BBM service to other mobile platforms such as iOS, Android etc. While that particular move has not yet seen fruition, this move from the Canadian firm maybe a warm up move to a broader strategy of cross-platform integration, which might include us seeing the BBM come to other mobile platforms soon. Either way, will the availability of the Android apps be enough to get people buying the PlayBook when it releases? What do our readers think?

21 thoughts on “BlackBerry PlayBook To Run Android Apps”

  1. “Simultaneously, RIM will be releasing the native PlayBook SDK soon”… what are you talking about there already is a native SDK they have webworks, flash and air development already.

  2. Good move by blackberry. They need to do this to provide their customers with a decent amount of software.

    I dont think i’d consider buying any device that didnt support either apple apps or android apps anymore.

    1. It certainly is a good move by RIM. You have also got it spot on when you say that they will need to provide their customers with good software. In fact, it would be the most important thing that would matter. Not the specs, but the software and the overall experience.

    2. It certainly is a good move by RIM. You have also got it spot on when you say that they will need to provide their customers with good software. In fact, it would be the most important thing that would matter. Not the specs, but the software and the overall experience.

  3. Yeah a little late in the game. With all these supertabs that are going to be released why would anyone go with this? Blackberry is great but there going to need a bigger move than that to stay afloat.

    1. They are late entrants into this blooming tablet market, but at least they are looking to constantly tap into any possible areas, even so close to the launch, for which they must be praised.

    2. They are late entrants into this blooming tablet market, but at least they are looking to constantly tap into any possible areas, even so close to the launch, for which they must be praised.

  4. Will there be a portfolio keyboard set up for the playbook? Also, my provider is Sprint will be this be a problem?

    1. We are not sure about the portfolio keyboard setup, but the device will initially NOT support autonomous telephone capabilities such as 3G, so compatibility with Sprint is an irrelevant issue for now.

    2. We are not sure about the portfolio keyboard setup, but the device will initially NOT support autonomous telephone capabilities such as 3G, so compatibility with Sprint is an irrelevant issue for now.

      1. I don’t have a blackberry. I have an HTC touch Pro 2. My question, since I don’t own a blackberry will I be able to sync with my google calendar?

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