BlackBerry PlayBook will officially support Android apps

RIM has surprised the world by announcing that its first tablet – the BlackBerry PlayBook – will support Android and BlackBerry Java applications. Unfortunately, this won’t happen from the first day the tablet launches (April 19), but only starting the summer.

Android and Java apps will run on the PlayBook via two optional “app players”, which make it easy for users to download the apps from BlackBerry App World.

According to RIM, developers will be able to port their apps  to the BlackBerry Tablet OS with ease. For now, RIM said that only Android 2.3 applications will be compatible with the OS.

The Canadian company also announced support for cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies – which means the PlayBook will get AirPlay and Unity 3 games.

The app players for BlackBerry Java and Android applications will be demoed by RIM at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida, between May 3 and May 5.

Via Press release

Author: Florin

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    The PlayBook looks a real mishmash of elements but it could work. RIM are being naively transparent about the reasons for including Gingerbread app support but there will be people out there for which app selection is a significant deciding factor. RIM could be planning to support Honeycomb in the future or they may be, optimistically, hoping that native PlayBook apps will boom and make it unnecessary.