This morning we told you about RIM's plan to bring Blackberry Enterprise Solution to Android and iOS, with a brief mention of Android apps running on the Playbook. No sooner than we posted the aforementioned article did we find out that RIM had demonstrated just that at Blackberry World Conference. Take a look at the video:

Each Android app will run in its own virtual machine, but will seamlessly integrate into the Blackberry ecosystem. The Playbook doesn't have access to the Android Market, either - all compatible Android Apps will be available through the Blackberry App World. This does mean a bit more headache for developers, though, as they will now have to submit their apps not only to Google for the Android Market, but also to RIM to be accepted into App World.

Since the Playbook is button-less, they will be using on-screen gestures to mimic the functionality that is currently available via hardware buttons on Android devices.

As Android users/owners/lovers, would you considering buying a Playbook because of this functionality?

Source: YouTube via Android Community

Cameron Summerson
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  • Paul

    Interesting. I don't think I'd get a tablet in general but it's interesting. Seems like a cheap/cheat move, "We don't have apps, so we'll tap into our neighbors apps and make it work on our device". Kind of like stealing power from your neighbor or riding on Android's coattails.

  • JayMo

    Would definitely buy the Playbook with Android support. Allows me to have my cake & eat it too. Love my android apps, love the QNX operating system (from what I've demoed.) Would gladly swap my Samsung Tab for this device. I don't feel that this is a 'cheat move', the original concept behind Android was open source and free to be used by whomever, however they see fit. I'd like to see how their virtual machine handles more complex Android apps compared to Dalvik on Linux.