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RIM adds Android app support to BlackBerry PlayBook via ‘optional app player’

March 25th, 2011        

RIM adds Android app support to BlackBerry PlayBook via 'optional app player'

We’ve heard the rumours, but now it’s official. RIM just announced that its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will support both BlackBerry Java and Android apps. That includes native C/C++ development support, HTML5, Flash and AIR support, not to mention game engines from Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3).

This means that the upcoming PlayBook from RIM will instantly have over 200,000 apps should developers choose to “quickly and easily” port them over, and assuming owners dive into one of two optional “app players” in order to do so.

Interestingly, RIM is focusing on Android 2.3 apps, and there’s no mention of Honeycomb apps, despite both being tablets and such apps would be tablet-optimized. Developers can look forward to an imminent release of the native PlayBook SDK, which will specifically enable C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

RIM’s PlayBook will be arriving on the 19th of April.

SOURCE via Engadget

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