Mar 06, 2012

How can I run android apps on a Blackberry Playbook?

Someone was telling me that there was a way to run android apps on my Blackberry Playbook. Is this true? If so, how can I do it, just going to the Android market won't do it. I'd love to have more apps to choose from if possible.


On blackberry 10, this is called 'sideloading' and you can use the technique to install android apps on your playbook. There are a few different sideloading techniques I have come across. The method I have used in the past is quite complicated and will be too long to explain here, but i did a google search and found this easy to do one: sideload android on blackberry

You might be able to do it, but I think that you will have to do some work to make it happen. You will need to use Playbook OS 2.0, then go into development mode, install Java Runtime Environment, and convert Android .APK files to Blackberry .BAR files. There was an article a few months ago that takes you through the steps, and may be of use for you. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/how_run_android_apps_your_blac...

Apparently you need an optional player from RIM to run them. See the article below for details.

The Blackberry PlayBook will run Android apps

"Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to greatly expand the application ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

RIM will launch two optional "app players" that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook."
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