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BlackBerry PlayBook to Work with Android Apps

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BlackBerry Playbook tablet hands-onWATERLOO, CanadaRIM announced the capabilities of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be expanded to include support for Java and Android apps.

This is in addition to native C/C++ development tools, HTML5, Flash and Air, with game support for AirPlay and Unity 3. This opens the PlayBook up to the Android marketplace and is another competitive driver for the device compared with the iPad and the Apple App Store.

RIM will launch two optional app players that provide a place for Java and Android apps to work, downloaded through BlackBerry App World. The developer kit for the BlackBerry PlayBook is set to be released shortly, allowing C/C++ native app development. The game specific developer kit for game engines from Ideaworks and Unity will enable games developed on those engines to be easily transferred to the PlayBook.

“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.”

The date for release of the Playbook has been pushed back a week from April 11 to April 19th, 2011.

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By , RIM-affairs Correspondent on Mar 26th, 2011 GMT +2

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