Press Release: RIM Expands Application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook - ANDROID APPS on PLAYBOOK!!!

Android Apps to Officially Run on BlackBerry PlayBook
By Kevin Michaluk on 24 Mar 2011 04:52 pm
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HUGE NEWS! We've been talking about Android Apps running on BlackBerry's tablet since August 2010 (before the PlayBook was ever announced - jump to minute 52 in this podcast) and today we see that our intuition was dead on, and we know how RIM is going to go about delivering Android Apps on the QNX-based OS. In addition to announcing the long awaited C/C++ Native Development Kit for the PlayBook, RIM announced support for existing BlackBerry apps and Android Apps. 

Android apps won't come from Android Marketplace itself, but rather Android developers will simply have to repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World from where users will be able to download the apps. The Android and BlackBerry OS apps will run within what RIM has dubbed an "app player" on the device. I like the approach RIM took here. It makes a lot of sense.  This way they don't run into any sort of legal issues with android on BlackBerry... rather, Android developers will be signing up as BlackBerry Developers with App World, and distributing built-for-android apps via App World (which kind of makes them BlackBerry apps still, no??). Hopefully we'll see a ton of Android Developers go through this little extra (and free) step. I'd think it would make sense for Android developers to do this. Read the press release for more information. We'll digest this news and be back soon with more opinion on it soon!

Press Release

RIM Expands Application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook

  • BlackBerry PlayBook to support BlackBerry Java and Android apps
  • Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support
  • Support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)
  • BlackBerry PlayBook becomes a new market opportunity for all the developers who have already created over 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to greatly expand the application ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

RIM will launch two optional "app players" that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry® Tablet OS. For game-specific developers, RIM is also announcing that it has gained support from two leading game development tooling companies, allowing developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to bring their games to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Support for BlackBerry Java and Android Apps

"The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform."

Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility. The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure "sandbox" on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.

Developers will simply repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World.

The BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Tablet OS are built on the QNX® Neutrino® microkernel architecture with a 1GHz dual core processor and a leading OpenGL solution, which allows RIM to make this incredibly broad platform support possible.

BlackBerry PlayBook users and developers who are interested in seeing the new app players for BlackBerry Java and Android apps can see demos at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011) (www.blackberryworld.com).

BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Tools

The BlackBerry Tablet OS already supports an incredibly robust platform with support for Web development standard HTML5, through the BlackBerry® WebWorksTM SDK for Tablet OS, and Adobe® AIR®, through the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built from the ground up to run WebKit and Adobe® Flash® as well, giving developers a fast and true Web experience to leverage.

RIM is also announcing today that the BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit (NDK), which is currently in limited alpha release, will go into open Beta by this summer and be demonstrated at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to build high-performance, multi-threaded, native C/C++ applications with industry standard GNU toolchains. Developers can create advanced 2D and 3D applications and special effects by leveraging programmable shaders available in hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

Other features of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to:

  • Take advantage of the QNX POSIX library support and C/C++ compliance for quick and easy application porting and for creating native extensions for both BlackBerry and Android applications
  • Easily integrate device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs
  • Integrate the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment into existing code management and build systems using industry standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools)
  • Leverage work done in standard C/C++ to make it easier to bring applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS
  • Find and fix bugs quickly with provided debug and analysis tools

"The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users," said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software at Research In Motion. "The upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK beta will add C/C++ tools to our repertoire and gives developers one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on."

Gaming Engines

Building on the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK, RIM is working with leading gaming and application development technology providers such as Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to implement their native engines and application development platforms. Developers will be able to take advantage of these engines when building games and other applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The Ideaworks Labs Airplay SDK is expected to include support for the BlackBerry Tablet OS soon, making it easy for publishers and developers to use their existing code to bring their games and apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

"Supporting a new OS can be a challenge for developers," says Alex Caccia, President of Ideaworks Labs, "however, integration of the BlackBerry Tablet OS with the Airplay SDK makes this a non-issue. We think this is a far-sighted move by RIM: the BlackBerry PlayBook is a great device for games and applications, and combining this with content distribution via BlackBerry App World brings an exciting new ecosystem for developers."

RIM has also been working closely with Unity Technologies, providers of the highly popular, multi-platform Unity development platform and Union, the firm's games distribution service. Through Union, dozens of high-quality Unity-authored games are slated to make their way to BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry Playbook.

"With a sharp focus on the multimedia experience, very powerful hardware, and fantastic games in the pipeline, the BlackBerry Playbook has all the right ingredients to be a mainstream hit," said Brett Seyler, GM of Union at Unity Technologies. "Through Union, Unity developers have an opportunity to reach a new audience and grow with another great new platform."

Availability

The new app players for the BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer. More information and demonstrations of the new app players will be shared at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will be available in beta later this year and will also be showcased at BlackBerry World.

Useful Links

For more information on the BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry PlayBook developing, visit http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/

To see the BlackBerry Tablet OS in action running conceptual applications from The Astonishing Tribe, please visit http://www.youtube.com/blackberry#p/c/8D8C3A23664E6761/5/uH7NKhNyygw and http://www.youtube.com/blackberry#p/c/8D8C3A23664E6761/0/mWJG-sB7H4Y.

For RIM insights into developing for the BlackBerry Platform, visit http://devblog.blackberry.com or follow @BlackBerryDev on Twitter.

Visit the BlackBerry Developer Zone at www.blackberry.com/developers for the latest news, information and updates for BlackBerry developers.

Visit the BlackBerry Developer Video Library at www.blackberry.com/go/developervideolibrary to view a variety of instructional videos.

Sign up for the BlackBerry Developer Newsletter at http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/resources/newsletter.jsp.

For the latest news and information about the BlackBerry Developer Conference visit www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com.

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109 comments

Duvi

Ayo!!!!!!!!! Lmao. This just put a smile on my face =)

AutoPilot2020

same i was like :D :O:O im pumped now, iPad has nothing on the PlayBook, apple can smd ahah

ron87#CB

Droid does! Look at all the BB people happy to finally catch up to the rest of us. I bet Playbook will turn into more of an Android tablet than an Blackberry tablet. Rim just admitted defeat. Welcome to the dark side.

feldmen01

I think you mean surpass... and not my a small margin either.

This is a huge leap forward for Blackberry, I can understand why you're defensive for Android... it's becoming less and less relevant; that's the problem with open source and something Blackberry will never have to worry about. QNX FTW

ron87#CB

You must stupid. The article speaks for itself. If Android was becoming irrelevant then why is Playbook trying to using it and why is the everyone so hyped about it? You think people would be happy if they were going to run Android apps if they sucked so bad. They're happy because App World is the one that SUCKS. And "QNX FTW"....QNX aint even in the game yet.

shlammed

umm, dumbass, they're not "running Android", they're supporting Apps built for Android. That has nothing to do with the Android OS itself.

feldmen01

No, YOU must stupid! Whatever that is supposed to mean...

QNX has been present for years in virtually all aspects of life (Nuclear reactors, automobiles, safety systems, etc.), I am confident they will do well with RIM by their side and will be around for many years to come...

It's a shame Google has decided to put honeycomb in the vault, removing the chance for any additional support in the next several months... it's also a shame that Motorola, the only manufacturer who uses Honeycomb, has decided that they are going to cease production of the Xoom already to focus on their own operating system... does this make you feel confident about Android on tablets?

To state the way you did that all android applications are perfect is ridiculous. Take any catalogue of applications (Including Blackberry) and you could probably omit 60% of them as being useless or redundant. It's not the applications that Blackberry owners are impressed with, it's the robustness of the QNX operating system.

Kiddo2050

Really Moto not using Honeycomb? That's big news. Not that I care too much since I'm a BB guy but if what you says is true that's interesting.

gregorylkelly

The 3 major knocks against the PlayBook were lack of apps, lack of an email client, and lack of a calendar.

With this announcement, they now have the potential to have a couple hundred thousand apps brought to the PlayBook over time. They also will have quite a few VERY good mail clients ported over as well as some really good calendar clients. In fact, the best email on Android phones is from their 3rd party apps. If an app like MailDroid is ported over, there will be NO complaints what-so-ever!

EdanAharony

I think the playbook isn't only for business it's a great solution for someone who's looking for the internet the way it's looked at on a PC and portability. Edan Aharony

pozi240

Now, that is what I am talking about!!!

zensen

Wahey!!!!

QNX seems to be a far more optimised system. Great news for those wanting to head over to android.. A good stop gap perhaps but ultimately a native bb app will play better when integrated with the rest of the system. I hope there's incentive that itself to keep developers on board. Devs need more than just free playbooks. They need an easy to use SDK/API first of all and hope RIM has handled that well.

interesting times indeed.

BlackBerry.est08

Two things, good because now you have more apps for those who are in it for the apps. Bad, I'm going to estimate and say that you'll see more Android apps for the PlayBook than QNX/BlackBerry apps which makes the PlayBook just another Android tablet.

But after today's earnings, RIM needs some sort of boost in sales for the PlayBook because they need it. Next QTR's guidance is low due to the PlayBook. This is going to be a VERY critical QTR for RIM.

Intosh

"Bad, I'm going to estimate and say that you'll see more Android apps for the PlayBook than QNX/BlackBerry apps which makes the PlayBook just another Android tablet."

That's a rather simplistic view. It's not just another Android tablet because there are and will be native PB apps. Also, more content -> more devices sold -> bigger audience -> more incentive for developers to develop natively for the device. If the userbase is big enough, developers are more willing to develop natively since the expected return-on-investment justifies it. And native obviously offers better performance and possibilities compared to a sandbox.

Deathcommand

FUASFCHBEDEAFKEFING
YESSSS

drethos

OMG OMG OMG OMGO MGOM OMG WOOOOOT! that is all i gotta say.

Volareman

+INFINITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111

jacmeister68

how could we forget the most important element in all of this.

angry birds for BB LOL

wes2k

damn now i have to pre-order one lol

makaveli28

Angry Birds on Playbook. Way to go RIM. If they can make a better phone now to run Android apps and QNX OS would make me happy.

anthonybaker

WOW ! IM so excited i can barely type !!!! anyone wanna comment on the playbook not having enough apps and shut there mouths now !

chromance

Thats great news , i'll probably buy the playbook since android apps will be
supported awesome ... MAN RIM is def creating alot of hype over this thing.
How long they been promoting the playbook now? nice PR work thats for sure.

Volareman

I've been switching back and forth in my head which way to go-- Ipad2 or PB. This adds like 5000points to the PB category! :-)

Xecutioner88

AWeSOMENESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

jsn204

wow....
something just happened in my pants

diegonei

I'm wanting this thing even more now... I wonder how many arms and legs they will charge when it finally makes its way to Brasil :(

cylaer

Probably if you buy it in pre-sale the Receita Federal won't get the right price, then it is possible to pass without taxation.
If they tax it, simply request a review of the charge, attaching the vouchers.

BTW, I'm also brazilian.

scalemaster34

So the apps won't run on QNX but on a Virtual Machine (or their App Player).
Will the "App Player" automatically optimize the application for the PlayBook display and controls, or will the developer still need to make changes to their apps for them to work?

Nashstruck

Now this is what i'm talkin about!

Kiddo2050

Woot Woot Woot! OMG! This means Android apps on future blackberry phones as well!!!

This is a game changer for RIM stock should be off the chart!

Bren S.

Great news!!! Now I am wondering if I should change my order to the 64gb from the 32gb?!?!

gregorylkelly

Really good point! I'm gonna have to think about this one!

dlg20

Now im going to buy the playbook

Sirhill

F_ing HUGE MOVE!!!!!!!! This just made me weep like a little biotch.

sf49ers

So Crackberry will have their membership boosted by another couple of million once playbook arrives ;)

deloreancowboy

Am I the only one who realized that the Android and BlackBerry developers will have to add some sort of code to their apps and then submit them to App World for them to run on the "players"?

And then the users will have to download the "players" in order to run the apps in a "sandbox" that doesn't interface with the native OS of the PlayBook?

Doesn't this kinda sound like some BS to anyone else? I wouldn't mind the sandbox idea if it meant that the player could play ANY Android or BlackBerry 6 app without the need for the devs to add code. I should be able to pick up a PlayBook and download my favourite BlackBerry App directly off App World without having to wait for the developers to add those lines of code, resubmit the app and hope that RIM aproves of the app.

xDAKx

No. The players will likely interpret and execute Android code, just as an Android device would, The application developer simply resigns the application for BlackBerry distribution, and then submits it to App World.

The "App Player" will likely be a virtual machine as has been mentioned, and will be controlled seamlessly in the background by QNX, The developer will not implement any additional code, and the OS will automatically detect the Android code, and launch a player for the duration of the applications usage, and then upon termination, it will terminate that instance of the player, making for a seamless user experience.

blackmoe

If it is anything like the Android emulator that I have to use on my PC to develop android apps it will be verrrry slow!

Any developers here that can tell me how would I load my app (apk file) directly onto the playbook for testing before uploading to the store?

deloreancowboy

That's what I was hoping but that's not what the article said... That's why I am dissapointed.

Buzduganjr

Oh Yeah !!!! not long ago was Microsoft with their Cloud, and now my eyes read ANDROID ?? awww something huge will be on RIM side !

Good to see they are moving up !

kmk1#CB

Well I hope this saves the Company. After RIM released earnings shares have fallen more than 10% in after hours trading.

ewakil12

iPad Killer ;) Awesome Move RIM!

mkye86

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Take that! wheres all the iTrolls now?!

this is wonderful news

"one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on."

Thats amazing. PB is going to F****NG ROCK! and keep doing so for seasons to come. This thing was built to shine from its core. It will only keep getting better and better as time goes by, and most likely we will not have to buy a newer tablet to be able to still enjoy all these great new upcoming Features. Because BB is just Bad A$$ like that! (i.e. 9700 running on OS6 adds more functionality an new features)

Its like when the PS3 first came out. The thing was built to be a powerhouse. But developers just hadn't caught up to the technology, so games weren't as good at first. 2 and 3 years later games get better, Blu-Ray becomes more popular and the PS3 is now being used to its full potential!

There was no way RIM was going to get ahead of the game overnight. It takes time and this is a perfect place to start...

trellus

Not an iPad killer -- nothing is, sorry, guys... :) BUT... this puts RIM back in the game as a serious player in the tablet market. The only issue is, how many Android developers are going to do the necessary "repackaging and code signing" and submit their apps to BlackBerry App World? That is the BIG question.

I'm a little puzzled as to why RIM didn't just let people download the apps directly into the "sandbox" Android app player. That would guarantee immediate availability of thousands of Android apps. The way RIM has done this, it does present a bit of a barrier. How much of a barrier is anyone's guess, and we'll have to wait to find out.

Also, this will NOT be available at launch as per this article:

http://www.androidcentral.com/blackberry-opens-playbook-tablet-android-a...

It will be demonstrated at BlackBerry World in May, so it's anyone's guess as to when it will be available, perhaps summer?

My only guess is that RIM is being very, very slick about this and hoping they can snag enough Android developers who want to reach a new market (PlayBook owners) by having them join the BlackBerry development community long enough to get the tools necessary to "repackage and code sign" their Android apps... then find out that they can possibly *quite easily* port their existing Android Java code to PlayBook native APIs "rather easily" as they claim it will be. That would be a very smart coup!

However, let's see if it works.... :)

rtk777

I think the answer to the question is, first and foremost is SECURITY. Second,it will make it more profitable for the developers. Which means that they get paid, and everybody wants to get paid.

There would be a huge incentive for Android devolopers to to repackage the apps. That in itself will entice devolopers ! ! !

shlammed

why wouldn't it work? App World barely has over 20,000 items on it and it still serves 3 million downloads a day. You'd have to be an idiot to not port your app to it.

Dezz01

Why wouldn't Android developers not repackage, its called increasing your market share, i.e. more money for them. We know Black Berry App World do not have the most apps out there but i can say percentage wise I believe they have the most useful apps. :)

emosquito

This is exactly the news I wanted to hear before purchasing a playbook

Mister-E

Is the Blackberry app world the only way to get apps? Will it be possible to get them at the Crackberry store?

feldmen01

RIM had mentioned that for the time being, Appworld will be the only way to get apps onto the Playbook but that will change as time goes by and other stores such as the Crackberry store will be accepted.

parabola

I thought App World was the only way to do it OTA? But sideloading would still be possible (particularly important for companies doing in-house apps). Sorry if I'm wrong, don't want to spread mis-information!

doubleaa25

Nice! Is this coming to BB smartphones in the future?

And also this can potentially be an iPad killer. It has more app support, better hardware, better multitasking, everything is just better.

mkye86

Agreed, If all the hype about the PB turns out to be true. Than what will the iPad be able to do that the PB cannot? I can think of a quite of few that the iPad can't that the PB will be able to. If it lives up to the hype, potential is the right word. We still don't have the PB in our hands, but I have faith that it will do everything it says.

Not to mention the notification system thats coming with it. The glowing top corner of the screen. That's Sick!

trellus

It's not a question so much of what the iPad can do *technically* that a PB won't be able to do, but rather of the availability of apps like newspaper and magazine subscriptions that are still largely only iPad-only still... and then the amazing apps that are iPad-only like...

GarageBand. :) I'm not a musician so I don't have this on my iPad, but I played with this on a friend's iPad, and it is a gorgeous, desktop-quality app that is really unrivaled amongst tablet apps on ANY platform.

That said, with Android app capability, the PB becomes a serious player in the tablet market that they weren't before this announcement, so I'm pulling for RIM!! :)

Also, the Android *TABLET* app market is still rather small, so even Android tablets don't really compete well as far as apps with iPad yet -- not even close. I will be keeping my iPad for a while, but I have been wanting a smaller tablet form factor, so the PB with its awesome OS, small form factor, and now Android app capability is the leading contender for me on the 7" tablet front.

mkye86

I cant argue with that. AppStore does have some pretty amazing Apps. I'm just talking more so about functionality. Android Market isn't really all that great anyway. To many apps do the same thing. But still is great news for RIM!

jjetson

Or you can just go online with the browser and read your subscriptions. It really is amazing how Apple convinced so many people there needs to be apps for things like this. Who ever heads their marketing department must be getting big bonuses.

trellus

Reading it on the web is acceptable, but most web sites are not optimized for multitouch tablets. For example, I am a WSJ subscriber to their tablet edition, and it's much easier to navigate and share links using the app than using the web version on the iPad. This would be even more the case on the PlayBook's much smaller screen. The web still assumes, more or less, the use of a precision navigation device like a mouse. :)

Kiddo2050

sorry apple fan boy but android apps will soon surpass iphone apps and for tablets it will happen even quicker. iOS is OSX for mobile, but android is Windows for mobile. that is eventually Android gets about 90% market share to apple's 10%. RIM's move will only speed this up.

bye bye apple!!!

makaveli28

I wonder if they have to trade BBM access for this? Please put some of that huge money your made last quarter into R&D on new phones now RIM.

Jake Storm

Bam!
PlayBook bitches.
Wussup now?

trellus

I should also mention that this makes it A LOT more likely that I will be buying a PlayBook. I love my BB smartphone (Torch, except not crazy about the slider -- hoping to replace with the Bold Touch once it's released), and I already have an iPad, but I've been eying this pretty PlayBook for a while but was undecided... the ability to run Android apps increases its value tremendously.

alevin

so can I make an android app to get a free playbook??

teamfoster03

Awesome news. But its still up to the dev to port the app. Anyone know if android market has deals with developers to lock them into the android market? (ie, wont be allowed to port to bb?)

Did I also understand this correctly that the port app is coming "this summer"?
so i take it this option wont be available at launch?

trellus

NOT AVAIL AT LAUNCH, according to this:

http://www.androidcentral.com/blackberry-opens-playbook-tablet-android-a...

According to the article, it will be demonstrated in May at BlackBerry World, so it's anyone's guess when it actually becomes available, but I'd guess not earlier than June.

the brother

BlackBerry PlayBook FTW! wut's an android?

jjetson

Great now we have to sift through 120 fart apps, 50 task managers ..... etc. Android market really isn't that great, but at least it will keep the trolls from coming around so much.

mkye86

this is so true there are so many apps in the android market that it makes it really difficult to choose the right one.. half the time when you download it, it ends up not being what you wanted in the first place.

With app world I think its always really easy to make a really educated decision on which app you should get. I still have not been able to find an APP on the Android Market that can do what BB Traffic does. So frustrating!

nolan.b

RIM NEEDS to do this. Won't do good without Google help.

Look at the "multimedia" apps now, they are like calculator. you see that "first playbook game post? what a joke.

After months of waiting for this thing, it's already obselete...next...

gregorylkelly

Wait, what?? You're saying the PlayBook is already obsolete?

Wow, ignorance is running rampant these days...

nolan.b

Don't cry.

Ignorance whatever. One sided and naive is also rampant apparently. Should have thought twice about posting something like that on a bias-BB site right?

Let's be more specific, they announce something 6-8 months ago, Apple gets their dual core out a month prior expecting selling date of Playbook. Not to mention Android and IOS support is 1000 times better--i think RIM even commented on that already.

RIM needs Android support for this tablet--which is intended for more multimedia usage. Again, have you seen our phone apps in Appworld? you can run these on a calculator.

Guess we'll wait and see.

Jleeblanch

That this makes me VERY happy inside :)

Oh yes, can't wait until I get mine!!! Gonna be a good year for BlackBerry!!

STR8WESTCOAST

LAMFAO. YOU FANBOYS ARE HAPPY BECAUSE ANDROID MIGHT LOAN YOU CLOWNS A FEW APPS. WHAT DO THAT SAY ABOUT BB AND RIM. GOTTA BORROW TO SELL. THANK GOD I DIDN'T HAVE TO HIPHOP HOORAY WHEN I BOUGHT MY IPAD. APPLE APPS FROM THE APPLE APPS STORE. SMFH

Kiddo2050

It's so nice to se your pain in caps lock! bbaaaaaaaahahahahaha!!!

xolanir

Nice!!! From a business stand point, RIM is making an excellent decision, and from a developers stand point, it gives developers more latitude. Steve Jobs called 2011 "The Year of the copy cats". Anytime someone uses deflection against competition, you know they are insecure about what they can bring to the table. I'll agree that for a while the iPad kinda revolutionized mobile computing, but the tablet technology has been around for a while, and for him to say he pioneered it, is a false and misleading statement. Enough with that side note, but this news release is gonna revolutionize the tablet market and ecosystem and a lot more developers are gonna enjoy the latitude given for their creativity. Ultimately many will profit from this move once launched, including the consumers.

theonick

Oh Gosh i just LOVE RIM.

alainas

I am sure this is big for may people who like number crunching. For me i already have over 20 apps i use often on my BB and it does all that i want.

The ability to run Android Apps is the same as the other SDKs that they are releasing (i know it is not an SDK but allows another means of development), RIM kept saying we are building a platform and they did, they can release emulators for anything they wanted and running Android Apps will be just another platform just like BB apps. After all BB apps are not native to the PB.

And personally i still want to see all those apps that are there when it launches, i mean who says there are not many many new and fun ones to choose from? After all the adobe developer community is HUGE and there is a lot of adobe AIR apps out there.

Just a thought and i am sure if apple allowed it they would build an iOS emulator, they do not care the more the better and it just proves they've built a platform and an amazing one.

KUDOS RIM they've worked on this for a long time while everyone complained and announced their demise and they kept with their plan and they released it and they are still no 1.

It does not matter why you are no 1 what matters is that you are and if more people like Blackberry's because it does most of what they want why not, is it perfect no but personally i have a Torch and an iPod Touch and since i got the Torch i starting playing my media on it and hardly use the iPod anymore.

jjetson

LMAO Its a link to an iPad app that lists and gives you directions to all the gay bars in North America. THATS WHY YOU BUY APPLE!!! Theres an APP FOR THAT!

santi29402

It would be nice to see more information on the bridging capability. I think that's what ultimately will make my decision on waiting for the 4G PB.

jcj_ramos

Now I'm sold. iPad 2 just got erased from my memory. I just hope they release this really soon. Can't wait any longer.

STR8WESTCOAST

Lol. Didn't Bart Scott say can't wait and they lost. Slant guess you can put up an argument because you have nothing to go off of. So you hide behind your gay jokes. That don't bother me so gay bash all you want. Guess since rim hasn't released nothing lately to talk about you gotta attack gays for no reason. This subject is about TABLETS so let's talk TABLETS

jjetson

Fine, tablet wise, what in the world was Apple thinking not including 1G Ram in their new iPad considering RAM is the largest factor in page faults and slow response. Even with iOS's glorified pause and resume multi-tasking this makes the iPad a completely unusable device to anyone doing more than just playing game and looking at a picture at the same time. Also what in the world were they thinking leaving flash out of the browser when 80%+ sites on the internet use it.

Kiddo2050

+1 that shut him up!!!

Auli

Don't forget the cameras ! Lol

beamolite

Ahh yes the .7 megapixel cutting edge front facing camera. Heck my 3 year old laptop has a 1.3 megapixel web cam. Is that the best Stevie and the boys could do?

yapkuen

This is a pretty sweet development, as long as the players are optimized so that Android apps can take full advantage of the hardware and perform to the same extent that they would on an Android device with equivalent hardware. If performance degrades as a result of being fed through the app player, that would be a problem.

If the HTC Flyer doesn't pan out for me, I know what tablet I'm getting as a second choice.

jstarett

I am sort of worried... I have read an article where it stated that thirty of the top downloaded apps on the android platform were taking people's information without permission and using it to run their ads. The article also stated that if the developer wanted too it could sell the information to anybody it wanted. I am not saying this is true but if what I am reading is actually true well Blackberry be protecting us from this, or will be having a problem with this as well...

I could not find the exact article I read about the top 30 apps but a quick google search did reveal two articles that explained it...

http://www.paulspoerry.com/2010/12/21/smartphone-apps-stealing-and-selli...
http://techpp.com/2010/07/30/android-apps-permissions-secure-private-data/

spencerdl

OUTSTANDING.....ITS PARTY TIME!!!!!

esbuenodun

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ba_hamilton

This is the straw that is going to make me get a playbook. I mean, come on, who doesn't look at all those android apps and sigh just a little bit.

captainbdsc

I concur, I was still deciding on whether to get a PB or wait or what have you, but now I just took a giant step toward getting a PB. :)

captainbdsc

I concur, I was still deciding on whether to get a PB or wait or what have you, but now I just took a giant step toward getting a PB. :)

mkye86

You know in all honesty I'm probably only going 2 download Angry Birds from Android. Until it comes 2 the PB. And then I most likely won't waste my time. I'm pretty sure the PB will be getting a lot of great apps coming in the near future. They have provided all the tools necessary 2 build AppStore worthy Apps. Some one will do it and it will catch on. AppWorld will be great I know. Good Night :) :O

zensen

The great thing about this other than ticking the box for thousands of apps on launch is that there aren't very many honeycomb tablet apps out there and as such RIM aren't missing much regarding 3.0 releases.

Here's hoping RIM works on app world to deal with the oncoming amount of new apps and we're able to differentiate between Operating systems like OS 5, OS6 and QNX, android etc with a better way of 'searching'. Seriously, I don't want to be wasting my time sifting through crap so please RIM, don't let in every fart app in please!

Anyways, One still has to remember that web oriented apps are far less needed on a biggest screen (I find I do fine on my 15 inch laptop)

Finally, If they want performance and tight integration then there are many ways to develop native apps. Good move that will benefit both platforms in the short term but just like how apple was able to benefit from running microsoft OS on their computers, this here will turn out to be a great short term move.

P.S I'm also excited that I'll be able to use my blackberry OS 6 apps (java) on here to even though realistically its not going to look as great on a bigger screen.

SashaNemets

now can it be done for phones as well??

herrbremerhaven

Research In Motion are getting their a$$ handed to them in Business Week and the Wallstreet Journal today. Analysts largely see support of Android apps as desperation, and decry the need to "manually install" an app to use Android apps. I know ... silly, but their effect on public opinion could be huge. Obviously apps need to be installed, and it is becoming a more app centric world, but the ways this has been stated make the PlayBook seem dead on arrival.

Unless RIM floods the news media with PlayBooks to try out, I think the media might just kill this product before it has a chance. I like the combination of features, the size, and the ability to display Flash websites, so I will be buying a PlayBook. I am undecided on a WiFi only, a 3G, or the Sprint 4G, so I will be waiting until the end of Summer to make a choice. Some of the major media are also blasting the WiFi only PlayBook, mostly because BlackBerry e-mail access will mean needing a BlackBerry phone connected to the PlayBook. I already use a 9650, so no big deal, but how many will pass up the PlayBook because they think they need a new phone to use it fully? Perception is much bigger a negative sales impact than reality.

woodoh

very good news, now I can expect lotus notes traveller to be used on PB.....since I do not have a bb,neither BIS nor BES plan. Was thinking to switch to iphone!

IAmTTim

Oh yea, this I like. I am an Android fan atleast as far as the phones go but can't say the same about the tablets. For the tablets which have come out and are to come out the Playbook is the one that I want and with the addition of being able to use certain Android apps, well, I'm sold.