I am still floored by this. RIM has just sent us an email confirming that the BlackBerry PlayBook will run Android 2.3 apps. This is a pretty crazy move and will allow developers to easily port their Android apps to BlackBerry. This is a serious double edged sword for RIM and really has me wondering if RIM has some deal with Google on the side. So far all we know is there will be a downloadable player making this all possible…
According to RIM:
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.
Pretty crazy stuff right? Let us know what you think the the comments!