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Old 06-14-2011, 05:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the latest on the andriod apps? The clerk in the store I bought it told me it was available - something I quickly discovered was wrong. I like my Playbook, but I miss some (to me) critical shortcomigns that some Android apps quickly could cure ...
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your guess as to when will be as good as anyone's, I think.

As far as I know, the capability to come in the future is still being promised.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The hints seem to be a late summer release.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Those hints first came out two months ago...
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I think its another case of RIM announcing something before they actually test it.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think its another case of RIM announcing something before they actually test it.
When did RIM actually announce this?
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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When did RIM actually announce this?
See here

BlackBerry - PlayBook Tablet PC - The New RIM PlayBook - BlackBerry Pad

It's been there from the beginning.

"Discover a whole new world of powerful apps built and optimized for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Plus run many of your favorite apps for BlackBerry smartphones and Android. All available in BlackBerry App World™"
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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They also showed the android player with an app running on the Playbook. Almost two months ago now.
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First that I've heard of this. Can't wait!
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It comes Summer...
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It comes Summer...
If you mean it will come on the summer, I just wonder summer of which hemisphere. Also, of which year...
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Thought same thing.... Summer? ... It is summer. Maybe summer next year.

Actually, this isn't a biggie to me. Just laughing along.
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Hahaha!!!
It looks like those movie trailers that end with: "Out Soon!"
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See here

It's been there from the beginning.

"Discover a whole new world of powerful apps built and optimized for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Plus run many of your favorite apps for BlackBerry smartphones and Android. All available in BlackBerry App World™"
It would be very interesting to see how the performance is running Android apps, I assume it must use some form of emulation?
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It would be very interesting to see how the performance is running Android apps, I assume it must use some form of emulation?
‪BlackBerry PlayBook Android App Player Demo‬‏ - YouTube
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I might be called a blasphemer for thinking this but, just wondering if the PlayBook's hardware can actually run (the) Android OS? I mean, I love my PlayBook's hardware specs and all but the lack of apps really is it's sore point.
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It isn't running the Android OS.
It is running an emulator to run the apps.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:52 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I might be called a blasphemer for thinking this but, just wondering if the PlayBook's hardware can actually run (the) Android OS? I mean, I love my PlayBook's hardware specs and all but the lack of apps really is it's sore point.
You're not a blasphemer. If an Andoid tablet, an iPad, or a net book even, are a better fit for your requirements then that is what you should have bought. There really is very little difference (from a computing science stand point) between the hardware of any of the current crop of tablets. I suspect that RIM could come out with a version of Android that would run very well on the PlayBook. The world doesn't need another Android tablet though so I hope they never do.

I'm climbing on my soap box here, so fair warning. The reason to buy a PlayBook instead of an iPad or Android tablet is because it provides something those other platforms don't and can't. For me that is the Bridge and Balance. Which is why I don't care when or even if they ever come out with native email. It will just be something taking up space that I don't use. Climbing off soap box.

You can see in an other thread how some people have had success running a very early release of the Android environment on the PlayBook. But you need to be clear on two points: the Android player is not intended, nor has it been marketed as, a solution to run Android application unmodified on the PlayBook; the player is targeted at running Andoid 2.x apps (the phone version) not Android 3.x apps (the tablet version). Having seen first hand the power of the leaked version I would not be surprised if it could run the vast majority of Android apps straight out of the Market (if there is a way to get them installed, and there probably is). But the documented route is for Andoroid developers to re-package their apps and make them available through AppWorld. At that point they should look and act like PlayBook apps.

Having this ability should open up a lot, but not necessarily all, Android applications to BlayBook users. That is definitely a good thing, but having a PlayBook will never be the same as having an Android tablet. It may be "as good as" for your what you need or want, only time will tell.
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Bridge was my primary reason for getting my PlayBook. I just wish more apps were available so that I get the most out of this baby. I've read about and seen the Android Player, and I guess that's where my curiosity about running the Android OS itself on the PB comes from.
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The best news is that the native SDK has been released in beta. Once that becomes widely available you should start to see more and better applications being released for the PB.
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