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RIM Asking Android Devs to Submit PlayBook Apps by February 6th

PlayBook Android Runtime

First RIM asked PlayBook devs to test their apps for PlayBook OS 2.0 and submit new versions by Feb 7th to make it before the OS 2.0 launch. Now they have reached out to Android Devs on the DevBlog asking them to submit Android apps for PlayBook OS 2.0 by February 6th to ensure that it is available for the release of PlayBook OS 2.0. Since RIM’s App World review timeline for new apps (not updates) usually sits in the 1-2 week range that fits right in the current rumored February 17th or possibly 21st launch dates. As RIM says:

In order to ensure that your packaged and signed Android app is available in the BlackBerry App World™ storefront for the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, be sure to have your app submitted by Monday, February 6th, 2012.

If you are an Android Dev I highly recommend getting started now especially since it takes time to register an App World vendor account. You can find all the details RIM has provided along with the three tools for porting Android apps referenced in RIM’s request or simply check out their Android runtime microsite.

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  1. Why does it take so long to approve an app? For a company that is trying to win over devs, I would think they would add resources to the approval process, to get them done in a shorter amount of time. It that amount of time normal for other platforms?

  2. Not unusual at all when compared to Apple:
    http://www.iphonedevsdk.com/forum/mac-os-x-development/69256-mac-app-store-approval-times-4.html
    But android is much faster since they don’t do much review…

    Still its an area of work for RIM

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