BlackBerry PlayBook will Support Android Apps

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When it comes to purchasing a new tablet device, the issue of what apps it supports crops up and always. RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry playbook tablet would be able to support Android apps.

Well, this is a bit of a surprise. RIM is reportedly working to ensure that the BlackBerry PlayBook can support some apps from the Google Android platform.

This interesting news comes from recently released YouTube video about the Blackberry Playbook Tablet. Just watch this video which has an exciting and important part, the secret words are just barely audible around 0:14 seconds into the clip. If you listen at around 14 seconds then you will hear the RIM rep also say that the PlayBook will support Android Apps.Check the full video out below.

About Blackberry Playbook

This tablet was announced quite some time ago and remains one of the most high tech tablets coming to market. f you’re not familiar with this device then check the specifications of the new Blackberry Playbook ;

Key features and specifications

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Blackberry PlayBook using the QNX operating system and both QNX and Android are based on Posix framework, meaning porting the code from Google’s OS should not be too difficult. But above video confirm that RIM is looking at supporting Android, and probably has plans to implement it.


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  • This is good and the user’s who love android apps will be facilitated by this feature

  • Corinna Swearngen

    Cool! As Android Market has more applications than BB. So we will have more choices.

    • Yes, you are right. You will get access to lots of android apps..

  • Harold Frenton

    Hmmmm…. interesting. I dont have a Playbook but I’d be keen to hear if this actually works well.

    • Let us know your feedback if you get chance to get your hands on Playbook 🙂

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