Limited functionality for Android Player on Playbook

By on September 28, 2011
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Will lack the ability to run applications that use VoIP, Google Maps and Text-to-speech.

BlackBerry PlayBook users are anxiously waiting for OS2 upgrade which, along with native email and PIM clients, bring the Android Player. Not much official information is available on the player, however there was a leak some time back that allowed enthusiasts to try out a rather incomplete build.

With RIM participating at DriodCon in Romania, we got some amount of information from their engineers explaining that BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps will support a number of Android apps on the BlackBerry OS and future QNX platform, however, some key features will be missing, as posted on The Next Web:

Android’s famed battery-sucking Live Wallpaper, SIP and SIP VoIP, anything built using the Native Development Kit, apps containing only App Widgets, and apps containing more than one activity tied to the Launcher.

In addition, any packages which rely on Google Maps, in-app billing services, Android’s text-to-speech engine, or the cloud-to-device messaging system will all be rendered unusable under the company’s runtime system.

So don’t expect applications like Skype to work which is probably a bit disappointing. Honestly, I would love to see more native apps on the PlayBook than being emulated through the Android Player.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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