RIM (Research-In-Motion) has announced via its official developers blog that the upcoming OS update for the PlayBook will allow users to run Android apps on it.
The blog post from RIM explains all the necessary steps Android app developers need to take, so that their app runs properly on the PlayBook and gets listed on the BlackBerry App World.
Below are some of the recommended changes which RIM suggests developer do -:
- Before submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to remove all mention of the word “Android” from your application. Both in the application description and the application itself.
- Please remove all links to Android Market from within your application.
- When submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to select a minimum BlackBerry PlayBook OS of 2.0.
- Please make sure your application is signed. For more information on code signing, please view the code signing documentation on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps webpage (linked here).
RIM has also released some plug-ins which will help developers in converting their app from an APK to BAR format.
It will be interesting to see how Android apps perform on the Playbook, and if the ability to run Android apps will boost the sales of the tablet at all.