RIM has really been pushing the envelope for development for the Blackberry Playbook. Using the app player, Android developers can port their applications to the blackberry platform. RIM is pushing developer to develop using the Blackberry 10 OS and soon to be unreleased Blackberry BBX 10 devices. RIM is pushing the development, with sessions, from the Blackberry DevCon and now they are opening up App Express and now using Handster (a division of Opera Software to make things even easier for developers:
From: Anna Golosovskaya
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM
Subject: Android Apps for BlackBerry PlayBook
Dear WJD Designs,
Some good news from your friends at Handster! Starting December 7, 2011, Handster (a division of Opera Software) will begin submitting your applications to BlackBerry App World. Your apps will then be made available to BlackBerry PlayBook users through the BlackBerry App World storefront in early 2012. This will increase the distribution opportunities for your apps from Handster. For more information on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook, check out developer.blackberry.com/android.
There is minimal maintenance required from your side. Handster will take care of the verification process on apps, the conversion of APK files to BAR files, apps signing and retesting on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. All you need to do is resize your application entry icon to 86 x 86 pixels to meet requirements for BlackBerry App World submission and submit us your updated APK file. We will start porting apps as soon as they come in and begin readying them for distribution, so be sure to be one of the first to submit your Android app for conversion.
If you have any new Android apps, please do let us know. Freeware apps can be updated by our content management team automatically. As for paid apps, please update them in your Handster developer account or send them to me via email. Our content managers will upload them in your developer account, and save you some time.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Handster/Opera Software | Content manager
So it is becoming even easier for developers to get your application onto the BlackBerry PlayBook and with DevCon in Asia this week, we can only hold out and wait for what is to come about from Blackberry Android Application and maybe the future of BB 10!