03-24-2011 05:19 PM - edited 03-24-2011 05:20 PM
"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."
Here comes that tsunami of competition we were talking about several weeks ago.
03-24-2011 05:31 PM - edited 03-24-2011 05:31 PM
It's an extra layer so performance will suffer (but then again the PlayBook does have a powerfull dualcore cpu). But they are mainly talking about smartphone apps here (since it's Android 2.3.
Also not known is how they are installed: if there is access to the market (unlikely) or if you need to sideload an apk file. Also, how will they implement the various buttons on Android, like Search and Menu?
Our apps still stand out, I think, due to the fact that they were made specifically for the PlayBook and they will be the most easy to handle.
03-24-2011 05:40 PM
All good points. I was getting ahead of myself with the word "tsunami" (not to mention being a bit insensitive vis a vis Japan). According to Steve Jobs, Android tablet apps numbered about 100 at the time of Apple's iPad2 launch.
We will see if this app sandbox is good enough to make for quick "ports". Part of the game is to build a brand, and that's easier if you can hit multiple platforms w/out major rewrites.
On thinking about this a bit more, it sounds a bit desperate on RIM's part. Time will tell.
03-24-2011 05:45 PM
I agree, and disagree with the above points. RIM needs apps to please comsumers. By allowing developers to submit their already created android apps it gives them a new avenue to sell their apps, all while RIM maintains quality control of what gets allowed. It also exposes developers to the Playbook platform which will definitely bring competition, but competition will only increase the quality of apps.
Besides, these apps are just going to run in an emulator. I don't see that as direct compeition so much as a selling point. Heck, even if the Playbook just becomes "another android tablet", at least we know it will be the best one on the market lol (and one that we're developing for).
03-24-2011 06:05 PM
Is it really running in an emulator though? Android apps are just Java - if they built a Dalvik JVM for the PlayBook, and that's what this "app player" is, along with some wrappers for hardware-specific APIs (things like GPS, camera)...then I can't imagine performance being that much worse than on an Android device.
03-24-2011 06:10 PM
03-24-2011 06:45 PM - edited 03-24-2011 06:46 PM
Great, it just became us vs. 200k Android apps.
On the otherhand, I see this as an amazing plus for consumers - a device that can run both BlackBerry and Android applications is a massive selling point.
03-24-2011 06:58 PM