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RIM could be delaying PlayBook Android support

The official release of the Android App Player may have been delayed from this summer to fall

Prior to the release of the PlayBook, RIM promised that its BlackBerry tablet would support a number of Android 2.3 apps either natively or through emulation somewhere down the line. By doing so, it would dramatically increase the number of available apps for the PlayBook compared to the more paltry options currently available in the BlackBerry App World.

Unfortunately, new rumors from “trusted sources” close to Engadget are pointing out a possible delay in Android support to later this fall.

The leaked Android App Player late last month emulated Android hardware controls and was even able to run with native PlayBook apps in the background, according to Electronista, albeit with noticeable lag issues.

The RIM PlayBook was released in the U.S. on April 19th to mixed reception. If RIM can pump out Android app support for its tablet, it would be a definite plus and advantage over competitors such as the webOS-powered HP TouchPad.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)