May 03 AT 12:53 PM Alberto Vildosola 12 Comments

Android apps demoed on the Blackberry Playbook (Video)

At the BlackBerry World conference this morning, RIM’s CEO Mike Lazaridis gave attendees a little sneak peek of Android apps running on the Blackberry Playbook. This is possible thanks to RIM’s Android App Player, which acts like a virtual environment for regular Android apps to run inside of.

While the Android apps shown seem to be running smoothly, certain parts function differently compared to Android. Due to the Playbook’s lack of Menu button — like the one on Android — users need to swipe up to make the Menu pop up. Likewise, the Android Back button is simulated with an on-screen Back button on the top-left of the app.

Aside from those two differences, I’m having a hard time noticing any┬ádissimilarities between apps running on the Playbook and those running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab — and I’m sure Google doesn’t like that one bit. Even less now that RIM is pulling a Nokia and partnering with Microsoft. From now on, all Blackberry devices will ship with Bing deeply integrated in the OS. Meaning RIM is using Google’s platform to boost its own, while at the same time stabbing Google in the back by using Bing. That’s not making anybody happy at Mountain View this morning.

Via: ReadWriteWeb

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  • http://Website Anil

    this is EPIC.

  • http://Website Andy

    I know it’s not exactly the same, but I’m having flashbacks of when the Palm Pre tried to integrate iTunes. That didn’t work out so well.

  • http://Website AdroidLove

    And this would be the other side of the benevolence coin…

  • http://Website Clarence

    Google fail again…. Google please update your Android licensing agreement. You should be open to a point. Not open to the competition.

    • http://Website Winn

      This is actually a win. Blackberry users will get to know better about Android by using those apps and eventually switch over to Android platform devices.

      • http://Website Clarence

        @Winn…. No they won’t…Think long term my friend. Now people will have no reason to buy an Android device if they were thinking about it. Primarily the people with BlackBerry devices already. Let’s see if this makes since…. Google and Motorola are selling the Xoom. Sales benefit both companies. Google gets Android exposure and Motorola gets $$$. RIM comes a long and offers the Playbook (at a cheaper price by almost $200 for entry level). The Playbook runs Blackberry enterprise apps + Android apps. Now explain to me how this works in Google’s benefit to push vanilla android devices and why I should now spend almost $200 more on a Xoom or any other overpriced Google tablet..

        • WickedToby741

          First off, the Playbook is $200 cheaper because its screen is half the size and it doesn’t quite have as good specs. Second, as more Android tablets come on the market, competition will force prices down below that of the Playbook. Just look at the Transformer. Its only $399 without the lapdock. Third, the Playbook only runs 2.3 and lower Android apps for now, so no tablet optimized apps, and only ones RIM approves for their market at that. Fourth, RIM is bringing Blackberry Enterprise to iOS and Android and likely Win Phone 7 later, so the exclusivity for the Playbook in that sense is gone. Last, by allowing people to use Android apps on the Playbook, die-hard Blackberry users will gain an appreciation for Android and may choose to move to an Android phone if RIM doesn’t hurry up with QNX for phones. On top of that, customers may feel safer hedging their bets with Android because RIM and Blackberry are on an increasingly steep decline even with the Playbook. QNX and the Playbook will probably help RIM, but I think its also going to help Android more than hurt it.

          • http://Website Clarence

            The only thing that I’m saying at the end of the discussion is that if a Motorola Razr could run iPhone apps today, then Apples app store wouldn’t be as profitable as it is and no one would probably give a shit about it

    • http://Website Daniel

      Android was always built as a platform, this kind of thing was expected to happen. Same thing for the Bing search (RIM is far from the first to do this anyway), and I actually think it’s a good thing that Android doesn’t get too tied to Google. Also, they won’t have access to the Market, unless they turn their device into a fully Android-compatible system.

      And how much of a competition is RIM here, really? Given the choice between a Playbook-only target audience or Playbook+Android, RIM will have a hard time convincing developers it’s better to target their platform. Which means any sales of Playbook devices will count in Android’s favor when deciding if it’s worth investing on the platform. Given how Android is in serious need of tablet-optimized apps, this is one nice boost.

  • http://Website Eniac

    Just a consideration:
    If the playbook doesn’t get the android market it will not have ALL the applications.
    The android market is owned by google and is not opensource, so only if google wants the pb will get it.
    As a developer I’ve decided to publish my apps only on the android market. And the most of devs are doing the same.

    • http://Website Justin_M

      Actually I will be re-releasing my apps on the Playbook as soon as they give us the packaging tools to code-sign and submit. Why wouldn’t I? I spent a lot of time and effort on my applications and would like it to reach as wide of an audience as possible. Not to mention my pay-apps—-I now have a second possible revenue-stream without needing to re-design my app from the ground-up. I would like to start developing native apps for this device, simply because there’s a lot of opportunity to use low-level hardware knowing that the hardware will be available on the device. With my android apps (mainly games) certain functionality had to be ‘dumbed down’ in order to run properly on some less powerful devices, or devices without multi-touch screens, without gyroscopes, etc. With the Playbook at least I know that the device I developed the app/game to run on will be the same hardware the user will have. Not that I’m abandoning Android, I will continue to develop for Honeycomb if the market is there too.

  • http://Website Android Master

    Don’t worry they will be developing a new Android Blackberry phone by end of year! RIM adds Android. Is an Android Blackberry phone, next?