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RIM Confirms Android Apps Will Run On Playbook, Through Intermediate Players 113

Posted by timothy
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angry tapir writes "Research In Motion has announced that users of its PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android and Java applications. The PlayBook, which becomes available on April 19, will have two optional 'app players' that will provide run-time environments for BlackBerry Java apps and Android 2.3 apps. The players will let users download BlackBerry Java Apps and Android Apps from BlackBerry App World."
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RIM Confirms Android Apps Will Run On Playbook, Through Intermediate Players

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  • Quality (Score:5, Insightful)

    by exomondo (1725132) on Friday March 25, 2011 @12:53AM (#35608178)
    I wonder how the quality of the BB ecosystem will go over time though, sure it's a boon to have access to all the Android apps but will people develop native PlayBook apps knowing that they could just develop an Android one that runs on the PB *and* on Android devices?
  • Sideloading (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Nerdfest (867930) on Friday March 25, 2011 @12:53AM (#35608180)
    I hope they're not afraid of a little competition and allow side-loading and other app stores. It's be a shame to see yet another device that you don't really own.
  • by Anthony Mouse (1927662) on Friday March 25, 2011 @12:56AM (#35608188)

    Doing this gives Blackberry devices a chance to compete on merit instead of on how many apps they have. And it gives developers a unified target for app development -- make an Android app and it will run on both Android devices and Blackberries, which strengthens both platforms at the expense of their other competitors.

    This is what Nokia should have done.

  • Clever (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ieatcookies (1490517) on Friday March 25, 2011 @01:38AM (#35608358)
    Wise choice
  • by Mr_Silver (213637) on Friday March 25, 2011 @05:34AM (#35609180)

    Doing this gives Blackberry devices a chance to compete on merit instead of on how many apps they have. And it gives developers a unified target for app development -- make an Android app and it will run on both Android devices and Blackberries, which strengthens both platforms at the expense of their other competitors.

    Seems like a poor idea to me as it means developers won't specifically target the playbook, instead relying on their existing Android developments.

    OS/2 suffered the same problem with it's Windows compatibility. No-one actually wrote anything for it as they just targetted Windows instead knowing that it running on OS/2 was an addition benefit.

    Whilst it may mean they get access to hundreds of applications immediately, the longer they leave it, the more dependent they are on maintaining compatibility with Android in order for their platform to succeed - and they could have got themselves into that mess far cheaper and easier by just releasing an Android tablet.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".

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