RIM hasn't made much progress with their line of Blackberry phones in terms of software lately, but their Playbook promises to be an interesting tablet with its 1024x600 7" display, 425 gram lightness, 1GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and QNX built OS that's multitasking friendly. Now Android developers will have the opportunity to bring joy to corporate types that saw little love in terms of apps for their phones. Read past the break for more info.
RIM promises that any app that runs on 2.3 will work on the Playbook, but developers will have to submit their apps for approval and they will be published under RIM's own App World. Here's a snippet from the official release:
"Developers will simply repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World."
This is a good example where competition is good. The Playbook will surely be sold quite well on the corporate level given RIM's security features and focus on productivity; therefore, the more Playbooks get sold, the bigger a market developers for Android can tap for revenue and this will breed quite a few more apps that are original and well-built. I'm curious once the Playbook tablet launches how well the virtualization actually works and how many developers will choose to code exclusively for it, and how many will choose to release hybrid apps by just coding for Android.