RIM Makes It Official: Blackberry PlayBook Will Support Android Apps
We heard the rumors for months and now RIM has stated that it’s tablet device, the Blackberry PlayBook, will support Android Apps as well as any QNX-based Blackberry Smartphones in the future. Wait, we’re not done. Blackberry also stated that they will provide Android developers with tools to make it easier for them to port their apps over to Blackberry App World. The PlayBook is starting to stack up in the world of it’s competitors including the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC Evo View 4G, and many other Android-based tablets either currently released or set for future release this year. If RIM can successful develop the tools necessary, PlayBook users may gain access to some of the over 200,000 Android Apps available in the Android Market today.
In addition to support Android Apps, the Playbook will also support HTML5, Adobe Flash, and Adobe AIR for it’s platform. Will this be enough for the PlayBook to compete? If only Steve Jobs would now jump on the Flash/AIR bandwagon. Until then, RIM & Google will dominate the Adobe-supported market on their smartphones and tablet devices.
The Blackberry Playbook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19th. Read the full new release here.