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.