Blackberry Playbook One Step Closer to using Android App’s



It has been some time since we heard some good news coming out of the Blackberry Playbook. If you remember the drama surrounding the Playbook, there was this vicious little rumor that started circulating that the Playbook would be able to run Android applications. This ideal was possible due to the super power of the Blackberry Playbooks unique operating system built by QNX. Well this rumor turned out to be true. However it has yet to be seen and or implemented within the Playbook, amongst other things. Today all of that seemingly changed as a glimmer of Android love has finally shown its face on RIM’s first tablet the Blackberry Playbook.

RIM’s Playbook, which recently received a FIPS certification as the first tablet ready for official U.S. federal government use. That’s really a good plateau for RIM to have reached, but where is the fun in official government use? Well all those federal employees that are lucky enough to be issued a Blackberry Playbook will have the Android market of games and apps at their finger tips – soon…maybe. Thursday a leaky version of the Android app player made its way to
the interwebs directly from RIM’s servers. The leak was seemingly left up on the company’s latest beta build of Blackberry Desktop manager and has spread like wild fire since then. In case you unfamiliar. The Android App Player that
will eventually make its official debut on the Blackberry Playbook will allow Playbook users to use Android applications on their Blackberry slate. While the side loading commenced, RIM did a slight face palm and issued statement
surrounding the hype. Summing the statement up, it basically says that it’s not ready, so don’t download it. Officially it says ““An older version of the Android App Player beta software for the BlackBerry PlayBook was inadvertently posted and has since been removed. We recommend that users refrain from downloading and installing this software since it is outdated and non-functional in many respects. The official beta release of the Android App Player for the BlackBerry PlayBook is on track for release later this summer.”

The good news here is all you Blackberry Playbook users have a new feature to look forward to come late summer, albeit not soon enough most likely. While it may be tempting to download the application it is surely not recommended
by RIM or anyone familiar, including us. When you deal with beta software that has as many holes as the Android App player you run the risk of severely screwing up your device. If you’re into that kind of thing and have the means to impose the proper work around when the stuff hits the fan have at it!

Playbook users, have you downloaded the Android App Player? Let us know what you think. Are you excited to see the Android market become available to your Playbook? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think.

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