BlackBerry RunTime Brings Android Apps To PlayBook OS 2.0


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Research In Motion, the embattled makers of BlackBerry, made news at CES earlier this month when the announced new operating systems for their BlackBerry phones and PlayBook tablet. One new feature that hasn’t gotten much attention is RunTime. RunTime allows Android developers to repackage their apps so that they will run on the upcoming PlayBook OS 2.0 and the forthcoming BlackBerry 10.

A post on the BlackBerry developer’s blog today lists several requirements for developers who want to bring their apps to BlackBerry devices. Among other things, they must remove all references to Android from both the application and its description, as well as any links to the Android Market. Though apps may be submitted at any time, the post also requests that as many apps as possible be submitted by February 6th so that they can be in the BlackBerry App World storefront by the time PlayBook 2.0 launches.

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