BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet News: Android Apps Support Confirmed

One of the tablet devices that we’ve paid a lot of attention to over recent months, is the BlackBerry PlayBook. After all the excitement over the release of the Apple iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom has started to fade, all eyes are on the release of the PlayBook. Now we have news that’s sure to please a lot of people, Android apps will be supported on the PlayBook.

There were rumors that this was coming and a few weeks ago OSM’s Tim Ollason brought us the news that Android apps were being tested on BlackBerry devices which led many to hope they would be accessible for the PlayBook. Now that rumor has been confirmed and the PlayBook will support Android 2.3 apps along with native apps and apps for BlackBerry Java, according to Chloe Albanesius over on PC Mag, enabled by two optional “app players,” on the PlayBook.

The apps will be available from BlackBerry App World and RIM president and co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis said the options would, “provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.” This is really big news for BlackBerry enthusiasts and the expansion of apps available will be a big selling point for those interested in the new tablet. Although the PlayBook is released next month the two optional “app players” won’t be available until the summer.

If you want to find out more, the official RIM press release can be seen in an article over on Engadget. What are your thoughts on Android apps being supported by the BlackBerry PlayBook? Were you going to purchase the PlayBook anyway or has this now helped you to decide? Why not let us know with your comments.