Playbook users will be able to download BB Java and Android Apps from the Blackberry’s app store.
After months of strong rumors and speculation, RIM has finally confirmed support for Android apps on its upcoming tablet PC, Blackberry Playbook.
RIM said that thanks to two new “app players” providing an application run-time environment, users will be able to download Blackberry Java apps and Android 2.3 apps straight from the Blackberry App World when the tablet releases next month. RIM also has the gaming side covered as well, striking partnership with Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to add support for cross-platform game engines. An SDK will be available as well, enabling C/C++ app development on the operating system.
“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.”
Developers will have to repackage, code sign and submit their Java and Android apps to Blackberry App World for approval, which RIM says is a quick and easy process.
The Playbook has been seen, till now, as tablet that may fail to pick up considering the strong line up of competitors already chipping away at the market. But will availability of Android apps change the tide for them? Time shall tell.