Research in Motion has revealed that its upcoming PlayBook tablet PC device will be able to run apps designed for Google's Android platform.
The move will allow the company to greatly expand the number of apps available for the tablet PC. The company said that PlayBook will be able to run Android apps, native apps and even apps designed for BlackBerry smartphones.
According to RIM, users will be offered two 'app players' which will provide an app run-time environment for Java based BlackBerry apps and apps developed for Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The app players will provide a secure sand-boxed environment for running the BlackBerry and Android apps on the device.
Both app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World. RIM said that developers who were making apps for BlackBerry and Android platforms will be able to port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.
David Yach, chief technology officer for software at RIM, said in a statement, “The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users.”