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BlackBerry PlayBook Android Apps Demoed Live!


The good news keep coming! We had RIM on stage at the Keynote showing off the upcoming Android player for the BlackBerry PlayBook. It looks exactly like a native BlackBerry PlayBook app and RIM has setup the gestures to act like the hard buttons found on Android devices. The funny part is that RIM did not even have to ask the developers for the source code to create the BlackBerry PlayBook app. They simply needed to take the installer library and convert it into a PlayBook app. They only had to ask the developers permission before they showed it off live.

Our friends over at PocketBerry got a video of the apps running on the PlayBook

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Crazy stuff right?

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  1. What you call the funny part I call the disturbing part. This means anybody can pull an APK from their device and package it for App World — even if they aren’t the author.

  2. RIM is actually pretty legalistic. I’m sure they will require you prove you own the app. Otherwise they get sued bye the original developer. It’s probably pretty easy to prove this.

    • I have my doubts – there’s already some tentative evidence that app world is holding repackaged Flash apps submitted by other than the original author.

      I think it will also not be so easy to prove as you suggest. Short of the draconian measures they received negative press for (requiring notary, etc), it’s very difficult to prove you are who you say you are – especially indie devs who might not be using email address, etc.

  3. I’m surprised at how quickly they are rolling out the good news. This combined with the native email and PIM should cause Playbooks to start flying off the shelves.

  4. Question…. why buy an android tablet now?

    Clearly the Playbook is either tied for the best or is the best with respect to hardware.

    QNX OS is rock solid and able to perform like none other.

    Now add Android apps that seemingly work flawlessly and are easy to port?

    Really… why buy an Android tablet? Serious question and I am open to all answers.

  5. does that mean you cannot have 2 Android apps running at the same time?

    • I belive they were using a beta version of the android simulator. When they officially release it for the PlayBook it should run multiple android programs at one time.

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