Research In Motion (RIM) is working on a way for developers to easily run their Android apps on a BlackBerry PlayBook. The company previously announced that PlayBook OS 2.0 will include support for running Android apps, but an on-stage demo at BlackBerry DevCon 2011 showed off the feature in action.
As you can see from the video, multitasking with Android and BlackBerry apps on the PlayBook works quite well. This feature could be very exciting for BlackBerry users. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to just install an Android app store and start playing around. Developers won’t have to modify any code, but they will need to “repackage [the app] using the BlackBerry Nature wrapper.” That being said, it’s a very simple process and it’s a lot easier than starting from scratch.
One has to wonder if developers will begin porting their Android apps to BlackBerry once PlayBook OS 2.0 launches. If enough developers jump on the bandwagon, we could see an explosive increase of apps in the BlackBerry app store.