Android apps to run on BlackBerry PlayBook

An interesting development for the forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook, it looks like it will be able to run Android apps, as well as its own native apps, later this year.

According to Pocket Lint, RIM has confirmed the ability to run Android apps, saying: 'Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. It then went on to announce two optional 'app players' that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. Which means you can grab both BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World store (or elsewhere). At least, in theory.

'Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility,' says RIM. 'The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure ‘sandbox’ on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.'

Both app players should land over the summer, with the US launch of the PlayBook down for April 19th, priced at the equivalent of £399. No news on the UK launch, but it should be ahead of those app players launching.

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