While we know that RIM is having a difficult time with revenue, and corporate structure lately, but in an announcement a few months ago they confirmed that the Playbook will be able to run Android applications in addition to applications available in the App World. In a post on the official BlackBerry developer’s blog, RIM has posted some helpful tips for developers who are designing Android apps for the Playbook.
- Before submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to remove all mention of the word “Android” from your application. Both in the application description and the application itself.
- Please remove all links to Android Market from within your application.
- When submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to select a minimum BlackBerry PlayBook OS of 2.0.
- Please make sure your application is signed. For more information on code signing, please view the code signing documentation on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps webpage (link here)
If you have all of that covered, RIM has also included some useful options for converting your APK files to the BAR files that are required for the App World. As quoted by RIM, to ensure that your app attains a “broader reach and exposure to consumers”, you will have to submit your app before February 6th.
What Android app would you like to see available on the BlackBerry Playbook? Share with us your opinion in the comment section below.