Evidence that the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry handsets will support Android apps is mounting, as Research In Motion (RIM) looks to boost its first-ever tablet’s appeal to the mass market.
Last week, a dev uncovered what to our eyes was fairly conclusive evidence that BlackBerry phones located in the vicnity of RIM’s Waterloo, Canada HQ are already running apps developed for the Android platform.
However, today the rumour that Android apps are coming to BlackBerry devices got new layers to credibility, after CrackBerry uncovered a clip of the goings on at the RIM stall at the Mobile World Congress. About midway through the clip, the official company rep clearly states that the PlayBook will “also support Android apps”.
Speculation over the company’s plans to offer access to the Android Market stemmed initially from a Bloomberg report. According to an unnamed source cited by the business news provider, RIM is developing software to enable this right now and could be ready to push it out during the second half of the year.