Blackberry Rep: PlayBook Will Support Android Apps [Video]


We’re not exactly huge Blackberry fans here at Phandroid, obviously, but we do cover any and everything Android. Having said that, a new video has come out of a RIM  representative confirming that the Blackberry Playbook tablet will – at some point – support Android applications.

We’ve heard those murmurs a while ago, and recent testimonials from the folks who develop Shop Savvy have all but confirmed this to be true. RIM has yet to make any official announcement mentioning this, but this is as good as it’s going to get. We’re not saying we’re going to go out and snatch up a Playbook because of it, but it’s still good news. It’s at the 14 second mark in the video above. [via CrackBerry]

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  1. joke ?

  2. I foresee a lawsuit coming.

  3. I got a good question when android coming out with good games like apple?

  4. Doubt they would be able to put the Android Market on their device. My guess is they will allow Android developers to post the exact same app onto their AppWorld.

  5. It’s all very promising but they still have a lot of work to do. The demo model we saw at SF Engadget meetup was incapable of operating in portrait mode. This is apparently “in the works”.

  6. Well, that’s certainly good news for Android app developers, and perhaps given a potential wider install base, good news for Android users. There’s nothing like a bigger audience to entice the developers to create more.

  7. I’m sure Google would allow them to have the Market – it’d make them money after all

  8. This is a sheer act of desperation if I’ve ever seen one…

  9. All the more reason to write Android apps.

  10. I still do not understand this… makes NO sense to me.

  11. I’m with you Paul T. How is success for the Playbook good for RIM not coming at the expense of Google partners with Android tablets?

    I don’t understand. I guess so long as the two app markets do not meet (I used to own a humble blackberry 8520), I guess that helps. Just don’t merge the two together!

  12. I have an Android phone and my girlfriend has a Blackberry. Finally our love can come out from the shadows!

  13. I still don’t understand why RIM doesn’t just use Android if they want Android applications on Blackberry’s. What, are they afraid they’ll upset their three developers? All jokes aside, Android apps will just run better natively on an Android device (or at least I would hope) and will have all the required hardware and I doubt Google will allow RIM access to the Market without an Android device. If they want Android so badly, why don’t they just sell an Android phone or tablet? Its free. They could even keep the Blackberry’s running RIM software and start a new brand for a line of Android devices.

  14. I don’t like this, to be honest I would like if the blackberry line died out, I just want android to have it’s own name, not being shared throughtout another company that’s like windows mobile playing ios apps

  15. Just because it will run android apps doesn’t mean they’ll have the Android Market. RIM has its own market. They can say to android developers: “come on over and bring your android apps. It’s easy and you’ll actually make money on your android investment! Just make sure you don’t give us any buggy insecure crap.”

  16. this makes me consider buying a playbook

  17. If the price is good, why not? From what I’ve seen about the Playbook, it’s supposed to be a great tablet. Not only that, but tablets like the Xoom and Tab 2 will have another one to compete with for pricing, which can only be good for the customers.

  18. i dont see why not, that is a great idea for RIM and it really sees a larger investment in android development. Its like a win-win scenario for both companies

  19. This makes perfect sense. Blackberry makes their money off Hardware, Provisioning (why non blackberries cant use BBM) and Enterprise. Apps is not high on the list of what they do well or make money off… Allowing QNX devices to use android apps, and allowing dev’s to put their apps on the blackberry market puts them instantly into the app game. They make their 30% off people downloading android apps, and their app numbers goes through the roof.

    Developers can choose to code on other devices.. or… both Android and Blackberry all at once.

    Lastly, this is legal, no lawsuits here. Android has a very open licence.

    Now, I’m still gonna stick with a true android.. but this does make me respect a blackberry quite a bit more.

  20. BlackBerry is and has always been a business device. Android/iphone is and will be more for the average user. This joint act is not an act of desperation, but a act of allowing one device to be the best of both worlds.

  21. I totally agree with you Scoobs

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