RIM, in the official BlackBerry developer's blog, announced today that Blackberry Playbook's OS update to version 2.0 will bring compatibility with Android applications. RIM's post has several helpful tips for developers looking to bring their creations to the Playbook, offering some recommendations for ensuring your approval into BlackBerry App World:
- Before submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to remove all mention of the word “Android” from your application. Both in the application description and the application itself.
- Please remove all links to Android Market from within your application.
- When submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to select a minimum BlackBerry PlayBook OS of 2.0.
- Please make sure your application is signed. For more information on code signing, please view the code signing documentation on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps webpage (linked here).
If you're willing to do all of that, RIM has provided several handy options (linked in the same post) for converting your APK files to the BAR file types needed for the App World. The tools provided range from super easy conversion within a web browser to the down-and-dirty BlackBerry SDK for Android apps.
In order to ensure that your app attains "broader reach and exposure to consumers," RIM suggests that all apps be submitted before February 6th. For more information, check out the original post linked below.
Source: BlackBerry Developer's Blog