RIM PlayBook Compatible with Android Apps Soon

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 16, 2012
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During last week’s CES 2012 event, Research In Motion (RIM) showcased a new device called the PlayBook OS 2.0. While many got excited for its upgraded and native email client, more people got interested in the fact that the version promised to run Android apps. RIM’s Vice President of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, Alec Saunders, has said that a few ‘number of thousands’ of Android apps shall be available once the PlayBook OS 2.0 becomes available.

However, the device is not pre-loaded with the ability to run Android apps. A software program will be required for a compatible format to the device. Moreover, developers need to put their apps through the standard app curation process of RIM so they can be included in the BlackBerry App World.

“We don’t want to enable an open marketplace the way the Android Market is. The company hopes to weed out the malware and pirated apps that often appear in the Android Market,” said Saunders.

Additionally, Saunders warned that there is one limitation of using Android apps on the PlayBook. While users are able to multitask between several Android apps on the device, they can only have one Android app and a native app run simultaneously.

RIM is currently working with other aggregator marketplaces to port apps as well as attending Android meet-ups so they can encourage other developers to make have a PlayBook version of their app.


The Playbook 2.0 is set to be available in February.

  • Anon

    Playbook OS 2.0 is a new device? And then it is the Playbook 2.0 available in February. Is it a new device or a software upgrade?

    • Mohammed

      It’s a software upgrade to the existing PlayBook NOT a new device.

  • Cutra

    Fantastic news!!! I do honestly feel that the Playbook works just great and adding the Android apps would definitely take it to the place it needs to be!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like we should “read the fine prints”……