RIM announces tablet killer app

RIM has got around the problem that its new tablet has fewer apps written for it by enabling the PlayBook to easily run Android and Java applications.

According to PC World,  the move removes one of the biggest problems that RIM in getting its tablet accepted. If it runs Android and Java apps, its users will have access to a huge range of app stores.

The PlayBook, which becomes available on April 19, will have two optional “app players” that will provide run-time environments for BlackBerry Java apps and Android 2.3 apps. The players will let users download BlackBerry Java Apps and Android Apps from BlackBerry App World.

It seems though that the software won’t work automatically in the PlayBook app players, but it means that developers can “quickly and easily” port their apps to run on the tablet OS.

They will have to repackage, code sign and submit their apps to the App World for approval. But the point is that it is a doddle to do do and means that Android and Java developers can target their software for another device.

It works by allowing the app players to run in a “secure sandbox” on the PlayBook. Software makers use sandboxing techniques to prevent hackers from gaining access to other parts of the device. Data is protected because a bug in one program doesn’t give the hacker access to other programs or data on the device.

RIM plans to make it easier for developers to build PlayBook apps by releasing a native SDK (software development kit) for the PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.