Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Android Apps on the Blackberry Playbook…

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So, like many others, you bought a Blackberry Playbook when RIM reduced the price substantially. I think you’ll agree that hardware wise, it’s a fantastic piece of kit. The OS has also just been updated to OS 2.0, adding some new functionality to the Playbook. One thing that hasn’t really changed is the lack of apps in the BlackBerry App World. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very good apps available for the Playbook, but when compared to iOS and Android, the Playbook lags behind.

RIM in their wisdom (others see it otherwise), decided to build in Android compatibility to OS 2.0. What does this mean? Well it means that Playbook users have access to a whole world of other apps. Android developers can easily convert their apps to run on the Playbook and these apps can then be submitted to the App World.

If your favourite Android developer hasn’t got around to converting their apps to work on the playbook, why not do it yourself? If you can find the original Android APK file, you can convert the apps to BAR files yourself if you follow this guide. Once you have converted the APK file, you can then side load the file on to your Playbook. If you are confused as to what side loading is, check out this post that details how you can side load the Amazon Kindle app on to your Playbook. It gives step by step guides for both Windows and Mac.

If you can’t find the original APK file for your favourite Android app, check out Playbook Bars as someone may have already converted it and uploaded the BAR file for you to download.

Oh, if you are still running on OS 1.X and would like to upgrade to the latest version of the OS, go to Settings, then to Software Updates and click on Check for Updates and follow the onscreen hints.

Enjoy!

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