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.

Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.