Blackberry Playbook owners will have to wait a bit longer before they can run Android apps on the tablet.
We know RIM’s first tablet – the Blackberry Playbook – would be getting Android apps when a spokesman said it: “will also support Android apps when we release the Dalvik engine on top of QNX.” Later pictures of the Android App Player running on the tablet leaked. At the time it was scheduled to arrive later his summer, however Engadget is reporting it will be arriving towards the end of Autumn, citing from a reliable source that it won’t arrive until “late fall.”
Alien Dalvik lets developers and app stores repackage the Android .apk installation files to run on other devices – such as the Blackberry QNX system and also the Nokia MeeGo operating system.
This is a shame for Playbook owners waiting to access the Android market, especially as the tablet market is getting more and more crowded with the new HP TouchPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although it’s another delay for patient Playbook owners already waiting for the native email client to appear.
We’ve contacted Blackberry and we’ll let you bring you any news when we get it.
We’re really excited by the thought of trying Android apps on the Playbook; it could be a killer feature in a crowded market. Let us know what you think below or @recombu on Twitter.