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RIM: Thousands of Android Apps now Available on PlayBook

According to Blackberry maker Research In Motion, "thousands" of Android applications have been launched a week ago for the Android player as a component of PlayBook OS 2.0 update.

RIM stated that this Android player can encourage and lead to more number of native applications to be developed for PlayBook. Last year in the month of March, Research In Motion declared that the company will be offering software which will allow PlayBook users to run Android applications.

Vice president of global alliances and business development for RIM, Martyn Mallick, mentioned that many developers are planning add their apps on PlayBook Android player "as an on ramp to the PlayBook", reported PC World (opens in new tab).

However, developers have to put some extra work for getting their Android apps on the Android player as there are few procedural hurdles like getting RIM approval and all. On the other hand, the company executives stated that the developers are fine with these procedures as these help in getting rid of those apps that might violate intellectual property rights.

Developers may be in for a treat possibly as they face comparatively less competition on the BlackBerry bound Android Player compared to the native Android market.

At present, Blackberry App World has just over 10,000 applications compared to the Windows Phone market place that has somewhere around 65,000 applications.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.