Last week, Research In Motion announced its new software platform BBX which is said to support Android Apps. Now, one of the developers working on developer beta of BBX 2.0 has released a video which shows Android apps running on BlackBerry Playbook. The video shows a folder named ‘Android Apps’ which consist of apps like IM+ Pro, IMDb, Gmail, Amazon Kindle, Kik Messenger, TweetCaster Pro, Winamp, Google Places and Opera Mobile. PlayBook’s ability to run Android apps has been in RIM’s talks for some time. Now that the feature has reached developer edition of BBX, RIM may release the feature to consumers in coming months. See the Android Apps running on PlayBook in the video after the jump. Read more
CrackBerry has posted what seems like a screenshots of the new BlackBerry Playbook OS V2.0. The screenshot posted by a forum user was originally leaked by a Chinese website. At present, all information available is only the screenshots and should be taken with a grain of salt.
From the pictures, we can see integrated calendar, contacts and messages, separated from BlackBerry Bridge versions. Another interesting finding is the native BBM app which doesn’t look greyed out like the other Bridge apps. A native Email client is also rumored to be releasing with V2.0 which currently cannot be spotted in the pictures. Also, long time rumored Android App Player is nowhere to be seen but we are hoping to see it with the release of V2.0. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear an official word from RIM and as the story progresses.
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Blackberry PlayBook has been available in the US and Canada for quite some time. Now, RIM has announced that it is bringing the enterprise-cum-entertainment tablet to India and 15 more countries over the 30 days. Other countries include Britain, France, Australia, UAE, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Indonesia, Venezuela and Columbia. Read more
RIM has confirmed that its 7″ tablet, Blackberry PlayBook, would be available in UK next month. The stores would start selling the device on 16th May. PlayBook would come in three capacity variants – 16GB for £400, 32GB for £480 and 64GB for £560. Some UK retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy UK, Insight UK and Phones4u have confirmed that they would be selling the device on its launch date and have already started taking pre-orders.
For those of you who don’t know, Blackberry PlayBook is a 7″ tablet powered by a 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. It has two cameras, 3MP front and 5MP rear. The tablet supports Bluetooth, USB and WiFi connectivity. The tablet is flash-enabled and allows app download from Blackberry App World.
Rumor has it that Research In Motion is busy working on the second iteration of the BlackBerry PlayBook. The original 7″ blackberry tablet went on sale last month and is slowly climbing up the popularity ladder. BGR reports that it has heard from multiple sources that the new PlayBook would be somewhere near 10 inches and is expected to feature BlackBerry OS 7.
The 10 incher would be more of an alternate offering than the successor of the 7″ PlayBook. So, do not expect too much spec upgradations over the original. BBM, Email clients and other BlackBerry goodies would always be there though. No other details of the 10″ Playbook are were released.
According to the rumor, the bigger Playbook is expected to go on sale by end of 2011.