RIM giving away BlackBerry PlayBook to Android Developers

RIM giving away BlackBerry PlayBook to Android Developers
Are you an Android app developer who has been dying for a free BlackBerry PlayBook? RIM is willing to make your dreams come true. All you need to do is to submit your re-packaged Android app for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update. Because of the PlayBook's ability to run Android apps, developers should have no problem getting their work running on BlackBerry. Submit your app before February 6th to get it listed on BlackBerry App World following the PlayBook 2.0 update. To receive the PlayBook, apps must be submitted by February 13th. The BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update has been rumored to arrive on February 17th.

RIM has three different methods to make sure that your Android app is ready for PlayBook. If your app references the green robot, changing the APK into the BAR 'Berry format will not do the job. You might have to change a few lines of code to remove any Android reference, but hey, that is a small price to pay for a free BlackBerry PlayBook. To start this journey of a thousand steps, head to the sourcelink.
 
source: InsideBlackBerryDeveloper'sBlog via Phandroid

Related phones

PlayBook
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

FEATURED VIDEO

8 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Why is RIM so fixated in trying to get Android apps instead of building its own app store like everyone else does? Cmon if the amazon app store does not have half the apps the Android market has what are the odds a dev will try and port it to the Playbook? On a burning platform? Do they want devs to take them serious?

3. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

in my opinion, bb should just stop making home grown software and use wp7.5 instead… it has many of the business features, and rim can add whatever they need… it has the whole smartphone thing going and is by far better than bbos… and also they could easily secure a wp7 niche, before nokia and everyone else penetrate the us market… i think windows phone on a torch-like device with that killer portrait keyboard would be quite nice

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think qnix was nice . Rim was too busy messing around to show its potential. I think they could have 2 lines an Android and a wp lineup with the bb enterprise protection. It could be nice .

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

that would be too much for them… qnx is very nice, but it requires rim to focus a ] lot of efforts on os.. with wp7, they would have business and the "cool" factor… and i think there is enough android manufacturers that android would just be a headache for rim

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I guess they will have it tough in there. You have a point. Anyway as oss evolve and things move to the cloud we might not even need rim anymore any manufacturer can make a phone with a bb stile keyboard and a big work environment. Maybe rim will continue to sink. Hope not ..... for the sake of all those jobs . But every day I ask myself does RIM model of doing will become obsolete? What appeal it might have aside from a known brand name? Push email is really common this days and more entertaining OS's are becoming more secure.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

How dare they try to make efforts to secure more app developers and apps! Playbook is great, you clearly have never used one. The device is great especially for the price, great OS, great design, great hardware. Apps are hurting it a lot though but if they can get more app developers on board with offers like this it will help a lot. And its not a burning platform because its still alive.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

MS has developed ways for devs to have their code ported to WP if they want to, yeah the virtual machine runs android apps so what? it has limitations based on how deep the app uses system tools exclusive to android. yeah I said the OS was good but so WEBOS was good and look what happened to it.... being good is not enough these days why would the average buy? -iOS has its appeal in a clean app store and unified hardware. and ease of use -android offers bleeding edge tech and every size the user might like -WP will offer a OS that looks similar to a desktop experience with Windows 8.and a differentiated yet simple UI so in terms of smooth it cant beat iOS in terms being different it cant beat WP and in terms of customization it cant beat android. it also lacks content. so whats the playbook good for? web browser? plus what kind of strong campaign are they running? I mean whats exactly their appeal? as a newbie programmer I make those questions when considering the effort of submitting an app for a new OS. every tablet is trying to cover for a field they try to excel at something whats the PB trying to excel at? even the idea of saying that devs should not promote their android apps on the market is dumb they are putting no actual effort in trying to have people using their SDK and specific features but rather another OS's

2. droidguy2323

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

I will do this . It will take like 2 at the most . I call an even that.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.