RIM confirms BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android App with “App Player”

RIM confirms BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android App with "App Player"

After long time rumors about Android App support on RIM’s PlayBook, RIM  finally confirmed its intention to include support for Android apps with an optional app player that can be download from PlayBook release day. Approximately 250,000 apps in the Android Market will be available for use by those who buy the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with this facility.

This announcement makes more possibilty to PlayBook and expects Android apps appearing on QNX flavored BlackBerry smartphones in the future. In addition to Android support, RIM will also bring another app player for Java based app for BlackBerry. This includes native C/C++ development support, HTML5, Flash and AIR support. Also take note that RIM’s press release only mentions Android 2.3 apps, so we aren’t sure if Android 3.0 Honeycomb apps will work, or will need an update first.

RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

According to the press release, Android developers will have to repackage, code sign and submit an entry to RIM for approval.  PlayBook users will be able to download the apps and necessary app players from the BlackBerry App World. With a 1GHz dual-core processor, an open GL solution and the QNX software, RIM is able to bring Android apps to buyers of its first tablet.

This announcement will really bring more attention to BlackBerry PlayBook in the Market when it’s available since users can experience almost apps out there. It’s to see what Google’s stand on this decision of RIM.

The 16GB WiFi-only PlayBook is now up for pre-order at Best Buy and is coming to a vast list of other retailers soon. Staples, Office Depot and RadioShack are among the popular US store chains, while AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will also carry the tablet. The WiFi-only tablet has been Scheduled to be available on April 19th!. Anyway, what do you think about this new announcement? Will you buy PlayBook when it’s released on April 19?.

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