It's official: Enjoy Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook

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New York, Mar 25: Here is one more reason to buy the new BlackBerry PlayBook over its rivals, Apple ipad 2, Motorola Xoom and newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Research in Motion (RIM) has officially announced that the PlayBook tablet will support Android apps.

RIM will launch two optional 'app players' that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook. That means, PlayBook users can avail more than 200,000 Android apps already available on the Android Market.

The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure 'sandbox' on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run. This plan will also help the Android app developers to develop exclusive apps for RIM PlayBook.

"The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today. The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion.

Earlier, we reported that RIM started the pre-order for PlayBook tablet ahead of its scheduled launch on Apr 19 in United States and Canada. The PlayBook has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen display with 1024x600 WSVGA resolution. It runs on BlackBerry Tablet operating system powered with 1 GHz dual-core processor.

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