BlackBerry PlayBook Android apps coming later this fall

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If you were hoping that your BlackBerry PlayBook would be running Android apps by now, I apologize for being the bearer of bad news. According to a new rumor, the “late summer” plan by RIM to get Android apps onto its tablet has been delayed until late fall. Some users purchased the PlayBook in high hopes of this feature – we even bothered the good RIM PR folks at pre-launch parties about the whole Android business. This isn’t looking good.

RIM is undoubtedly slipping in the tablet space, and arguably even in the smartphone arena where it once dominated, and this delay isn’t helping. There aren’t any solid dates, as it’s all based on a rumor that Engadget picked up on, but the fact is summer is drawing to a close and there is no update yet.

Did you purchase a BlackBerry PlayBook in hopes that Android apps and games would become available sooner than later? Let us know what you think of your tablet so far, and how this news might affect the way you feel about it.

[Via: Engadget]

  • djr35

     I think it stinks that Blackberry would make so many claims to the potential of its product then spit out all these tiny updates to appease the masses. I love the fit and finish can see the potential but am growing warey that RIM even cares about those who bought in to the smoke and mirrors of the promised potential. From a business aspect and judging by thier cronic layoffs, bosses jumping ship and the lagging concern of all theses comment boards, I’d be inclined to think they pushed it out to try to raise capital and needed people to believe they really had something more here. Heck something as simple as A2DP profile hasn’t even made it into an update as of yet. I dont care as much about android apps more than i care about the real ability to email with attachments and not being tethered to any wires. So I can read my email…..I can do that on my phone.. It’s becoming a very bittersweet feeling especially thinking I bought the 64gig, case, screen guard, taxes etc…Do you think Blackberry will reimburse me so that I can go buy a Galaxy Tab8.9? It actually does what it says it will right out of the so I hear….For now I have a glorified web tablet/multimedia player. Maybe i should have stuck with the Nook color there seems to be more progress with Barnes and Nobles interest in it’s dedicated consumers.

    • Iprintitall

      wow, i hope none of that is true. i am patient, but i do expect to be able to watch netflix, listen to sirius, & have a choice of some apps from droid & ipad, however these apps must be free! it is truly disappointing to think i will never get these apps. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME I WILL GET EVENTUALLY THE BASIC STUFF ( NETFLIX, SIRIUS, SKIPE, ETC,) OR DO I HAVE A 500$ MP3 PLAYER THAT CAN SURF THE NET…

  • Jolynuk

    “According to a new rumour”???? You have got to be joking. That’s the basis for your blog? Perhaps, you even started the rumour. In that way, you could confirm your source. What kind of a hack website is this?

  • http://twitter.com/jmangotweets JMango

    I still question whether or not this compatibility will encourage developers to develop for Blackberry, instead of wooing them even more towards Android.  It may look good from a consumer standpoint, but RIM may lose out in the long term in regards to developer support here.

    • patrick

      i dont think so because if the apps on the android market work better on the playbook then they do android then they will tell developers that playbook is capable and even better to make games with a lot of graphics and to make incredible apps that run as smooth as possible.

  • Parm Jassal

    had a ipad then an ipad2 then a new asus transformer and now a playbook.  ipad are just to big after a while the lack of flash gets on yours nerves.  asus transformer was purchased to overcome the flash issue, unstable and as with the ipad movies where also a nightmare to play. asus did play certain avi files but most lagged sound.  ended ip swapping asus for a playbook a brave move but to my suprise its probably the best tab i have had.  small, fast, flash that works, and avi files that dont lag.  really dont mind waiting for the android market.  i think the playbook will run android apps a lot better than most tabs out there today well worth the wait.

    new blackberry fan.

  • Ejaffe5652

    I did exactly that! I have been a Blackberry smartphone user from the begining and opted for the Playbook over the IPad because of my satisfaction. I was expecting that the App gap would be narrowed by the use of Android apps and now cant get any answers.

    ed

  • Ejaffe5652

    I did exactly that! I have been a Blackberry smartphone user from the begining and opted for the Playbook over the IPad because of my satisfaction. I was expecting that the App gap would be narrowed by the use of Android apps and now cant get any answers.

    ed

  • Reduser

    Got the playbook in anticipation of using android applications. I feel a little let down after purchasing a 64 gig model and not being able to do a lot on it. Looked at both the ipad and playbook, did iI make the wrong decision ?

    • Pjpattycarl

      no you did not make the wrong decision on the 17 of this month 2.0 comes out and email and even android apps are comming to playbook.

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