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RIM Commits to Supporting Android Apps on the PlayBook

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Mar 24, 2011, 4:26 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Research In Motion today announced as part of its quarterly earnings report that it will add support for Android and Java applications in its forthcoming QNX-based PlayBook. It will work through two "app players" that provide an application run-time environment for Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. RIM has the APIs and other tools developers need to port their Android/Java apps to run on the PlayBook. Developers will only need to use the tools to recompile their apps, submit them to BlackBerry App World, and, once approved, their apps will be available for download through BlackBerry App World. This move will give PlayBook users access to a much wider range of applications than just those that will be initially available for the PlayBook's QNX platform.

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Mar 25, 2011, 9:47 PM

hope HP follows suit

If HP can incorporate an android runtime environment and access to the market on their webos products, they might actually have a glimmer of hope to survive. I love webOS, but fighting the tidal wave of android is a losing battle. If you can't beat em, emulate em.
I think WebOS is great, far superior to Android....but then....OS/2 was great as well....I got a feeling that in the long run WebOS is going to turn out to be exactly like OS/2, a great operating system that just got lost in the mix and never caught o...

Mar 25, 2011, 1:20 PM

Now if...

They can price the thing at $499 or less WITHOUT a carrier agreement and give it HDMI out, they'll have a winner.
Indeed, I have been thinking of an Android tablet but those all seem to require a carrier contract, if the Blackberry Playbook will support all the Android apps PLUS Blackberry App World without a carrier contract....the best of all possible worlds an...

Mar 24, 2011, 5:51 PM

Great news

This is great news for all, some users now will consider playbook as an option not just for business Smile »
Very smart move. One that should make the Playbook sell well.
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