Wowzers, that's right-- the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet due out on Sprint April 19 just got a bit more useful. Instead of looking forlornly for a BlackBerry smartphone to complete its PIM experience and waiting for those thousands of PlayBook apps to hit the market, it can look no further than Android applications. RIM today announced that the PlayBook will be able to run Android 2.3 (interesting that they've assigned an OS version requirement) applications via runtime environments that will handle both BlackBerry OS phone apps and Android apps.
The PlayBook gets Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support as well as support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)
Good going, RIM! And interesting times... first we see Nokia agreeing to produce Windows 7 phones and now RIM is essentially crossing over into Android territory with the added security of RIM's generally well locked-down OS underneath.