It's nothing we haven't heard before, the BlackBerry PlayBook is said to be able to run Android applications. But up until now we have never really had documented proof of this. During Mobile World Congress this month, during a hands on with the device one of the employees seemed to have slipped up and stated "we'll also support Android apps," which is pretty big. (Or they read the blog rumors, we gather.) Interesting none the less to see some cross platform Android applications, would certainly open the doors to plenty of new developers and ultimately can help strengthen the Android platform even further. [via CrackBerry]

 
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robertw0925 says:

This looks better than the xoom

ShaneOryan says:

take off the beer goggles

just got a xoom yesterday and it looks way better than this thing... playbook is just a knockoff if they really plan on running android apps through an emulator... rim just needs to adopt android like nokia did with wp7

E_man says:

Honestly, android apps aren't what I really care about. It's the whole experience.

Besides, they won't release with the android market. Probably have something like getjar or amazon market. Probably won't get android market either, I can't imagine it would be an easy device to hack if it's for corporate environments.

RIM has just admitted defeat. Enable Android applications to run on their new device, but the huge majority of them wont because they depend on access to things like contacts, cache, Google tokens, and other things that won't be the same on the playbook.

This is destined to fail.

storino03 says:

I agree. It's like apple agreeing to run Android apps. For what purpose? Rim must not be confident in their own software.

shingi_70 says:

Or they are putting a killer app for marketing. why buy a android tablet when you can get one with all the awesome BB stuff and can play android apps.

also the playbook has a bigger market then the xoom. most companies are using ipads for test runs but most likely switch to this. The xoom is different then the phone game. Most consumers will go for the ipad as its familiar while enterprise will skip over android in favor of the playbook or touchpad. so this thing will sell tons of devices.

E_man says:

"Or they are putting a killer app for marketing. why buy a android tablet when you can get one with all the awesome BB stuff and can play android apps."

Most people don't see many "awesome BB stuff".

"also the playbook has a bigger market then the xoom. most companies are using ipads for test runs but most likely switch to this. The xoom is different then the phone game. Most consumers will go for the ipad as its familiar while enterprise will skip over android in favor of the playbook or touchpad. so this thing will sell tons of devices."

Most companies aren't using any kind of tablet what so ever. Those that are are more likely to choose convertable tablets than anything. Companies don't care if you can play angry birds for android, but they do care if you have access to the microsoft office suite or adobe creative suite, among other things. Besides, rim has marketed this to consumers. They use business suits in the ads, but market consumer features more than anything else.

Rigelian says:

About all BB Rim is doing is pulling the rug out from under native development for their platform. In the long run this is likely to favor the android ecosystem as developers find more and more consumers for their android applications.

I still don't understand why someone would buy a playbook then. Why not just buy an Android tablet?

JediJesus95 says:

I thought Rim already had "super apps".

Shawheim says:

well from what i know, RIM bought TAT, which made a hell of a lot of android shit. they are almost the main reason why android looks how it looks. they know how android works so why not give RIM a hand with making android stuff work on BB. it would def be a plus for anyone looking to buy a Playbook, but if you are hardcore Android its not really that big of a deal. i mean, what BB user do you know thats not secretly crushing on Android? its a plus for BB.

rexdeaz says:

I feel at some point ever major manufacturer sans Apple will run Android on at least one of their devices. I agree with the commenter who mentioned the route that Nokia is now going. The next generation of phones will have Google's "engine" and whoever the manufacturer is will supply the "leather seats" and "DVD's in the headrest" so to speak.

sookster54 says:

I plan on getting the PB, it'll be cheaper than the Motorola Xoom (and being in Canada, Motorola can F* off with their lame lack of support), there are plenty of apps on the BB app world but having the option to run Android apps is a nice addition, maybe Slacker radio, winamp and tweetdeck and such?