RIM’s PlayBook Tablet Rumored to Run Android Apps
The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is rumored to run Android apps, according to anonymous sources who spoke to Bloomberg.
According to the sources, RIM initially tried to use third-party software that would allow the PlayBook to run Android applications, but after finding nothing suitable, the company decided to develop Android-compatible software itself. The sources say the software will allow access to the Android Market.
RIM’s rumored inclusion of Android apps may be a strategic move. According to Canalys, the Android Market offers more than 130,000 app—about six times the amount offered by RIM’s App World. Offering a greater selection of apps could give the 7-inch BlackBerry tablet a better chance of competing against the iPad—and the multitude of slates expected to debut in the coming months.