RIM’s trying to get things rolling on the apps side of things and are enticing any and all Android developers to repackage their Android applications as Blackberry Apps to be used on the new BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 update. The offer? A free Blackberry Playbook.
With RIM’s compatibility layer for Android applications developers can have their applications up and running on Blackberry in no time. RIM employs three methods for users to do so and they’re all very straightforward. Simply repackaging the APK into Blackberry’s format isn’t enough, though, if your application references Android in any way.
Changing a few strings of text to remove references to Android may be required but that’s probably a small price of time to pay for most developers. If you get your apps submitted by February 6th they’ll be included in the App World following the update but you have until February 13th to submit your apps in order to receive the free Playbook unit. Not a bad deal at all, I’d say. Get started here. [Twitter, Blackberry Dev Blog via Android Central]