Android Apps Running on the BlackBerry PlayBook via the Android App Player

I guess everybody saw this one coming, RIM made the announcement that the BlackBerry PlayBook would be able to run Android Apps. Today at BlackBerry World, we got our first chance to see exactly what this experience will look like on the PlayBook. The feature looks good, RIM worked their ass off to get it integrated in playbook.

Android App Developers will have to signup with BlackBerry App World and bring their apps to BB App World, from which PlayBook owners will be able to download the Android-gone-BlackBerry apps from App World. On the PlayBook homescreen, the Android apps will appear the same as any other app – you get the same sort of icon. To launch an Android App, first the Android App Player has to be open and running on the PlayBook. If it’s already open and you launch an Android App, it’ll quickly load within the App Player. If the App Player is not already open when you launch an Android App, it’ll first open the App Player and load the app within it. Because the PlayBook doesn’t have buttons, RIM has mapped the PlayBook’s Tablet OS neatly to the Player. So where you would have an option button on Android, within the Android App Player you can swipe down from the top bezel to bring up the options menu.

Here’s the video of Android Apps running on the Blackberry Playbook.

Android apps on playbook