At CES 2012 in Las Vegas, RIM announced that the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software, is designed to have the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps built-in! This will allow developers to repackage their existing Android applications to run on the PlayBook tablet, as well as the upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices.
Today, the company has called developers to submit their apps by Monday, February 6th, 2012 — to ensure that their “packaged and signed Android app is available in the BlackBerry App World storefront for the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.”
In order to help developers of submitting app for approval and entry, the team offers following recommendations:
- “Before submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to remove all mention of the word “Android” from your application. Both in the application description and the application itself.
- Please remove all links to Android Market from within your application.
- When submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to select a minimum BlackBerry PlayBook OS of 2.0.
- Please make sure your application is signed. For more information on code signing, please view the code signing documentation on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps webpage (linked here),” notes Blackberry team.
Also, the company has released a few different tools to help convert Android app (from APK to BAR) including:
- The BlackBerry Plug-in for ADT, is designed to augment your existing Eclipse development environment
- The BlackBerry Packager for Android apps, is designed to allow you to test/convert your app through your browser (no downloads required!)
- The BlackBerry SDK for Android apps, is designed to give you access to command-line arguments for scripting and getting your hands dirty