BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 Update Arriving Next Month, Get Your Android Apps Ready?

Like someone eating McDonald’s while sitting at a Burger King, the BlackBerry PlayBook is all set to receive its highly anticipated 2.0 OS update which will allow the use of Android applications.  And by highly anticipated I mean highly anticipated by BlackBerry users not Android fan-boys.  The update is supposed to drop next month and the company has officially put the call out for anyone wanting to run Android applications on the Kindle Fire wannabe via its BlackBerry Runtime for Android functionality.  If you’re a developer and you’d like to see your application running on the device, you have until February 6th to submit your app.  In order to get your application approved and on the BlackBerry App World Store, you’ll need to abide by a few rules.  First, you’ll need to omit the word “Android” for starters, as well as any signs or traces of the Android logo.  Yep, say goodbye to the little green guy.  And secondly, you’ll need to remove any links that would take one back to the Android Market.  According to RIM, it’s not difficult at all to port your application over to their device using their Runtime feature.  So, we’ll have to sit back and see what developers cook up for the masses.  What application would you like to see ported over to the PlayBook?  Oh, I know!  How about an email application?!

via: BlackBerry Dev’s Blog

 

 


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Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.


  • Anonymous

    OK here we go….
    – email client that doesn’t suck
    – bbm client that doesn’t suck
    – notifications that actually turn off
    – official dropbox client (WTF is bluebox?)
    – google reader
    – google listen
    – google books
    – google maps
    – yelp
    – zinio
    – basecamp
    – aldiko

    Those are at least the main ones i’m missing on the playbook that are awesome on the tab.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pfezziwig Charlie Fezziwig

    re:by BlackBerry users not Android fan-boys

    I suspect Android developers will be greatly interested in 75million users….

  • Soccer311

    Who cares about the cr-apps you mentioned…first 5 are also coming with this update, and google maps already exists.  kindles OS is a JOKE.  Just bc it has android doesn’t make it a tablet.  Speed makes it a tablet.  Kindle is a wannabe.