Friday March 25, 2011
BlackBerry PlayBook supports Android and Java apps
by Lim Pei Hao
25 March 2011 – Planning to buy the BlackBerry PlayBook? Good news for you as Research In Motion (RIM) has recently announced that the BlackBerry PlayBook will have two optional "app players" that allows you to run BlackBerry Java and Android apps, which allows you to access 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps. This happens when developers decided to repackage their apps into the BlackBerry App World. However, RIM only mention that it will support Android 2.3 apps at the moment. In addition, the PlayBook will also support Native C/C++, HTML5, Adobe Flash and AIR, as well as gaming engines such as Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3). RIM is planning to showcase the BlackBerry Java and Android apps in the upcoming BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011). These "app players" will be expected to be available this coming summer. The BlackBerry PlayBook will be launching on April 19 in the US and Canada. Check out the video below to see some of the BlackBerry PlayBook apps in action.