Android apps are on the way to the BlackBerry Playbook, it has been claimed, as Research in Motion (RIM) looks to sweeten its tablet’s mass-market appeal.
Shadowy sources – aren’t they always? – cited by Bloomberg, told the financial news provider that RIM is currently developing software that will add support for Android apps and access to the Android Market to its slate.
According to the tech deep throats, the software is being developed internally and could be ready as soon as the second half of the year.
News of the move comes as the Android platform’s 200,000-plus app catalogue continues to grow at an exponential rate, with games and fun, zeitgeisty apps making up much of what’s on offer.
By contrast, apps for BlackBerry branded smartphones are much thinner on the ground and tend to be largely sawdust-dry business tools.
Chetan Sharma, an independent wireless analyst, told Bloomberg: “It will be a shrewd move to let Android apps run RIM without any performance or user interface hiccups.
“It will make the RIM platform attractive to consumers as it lacks the strength of the rivals from an apps perspective.”
RIM, which was originally set to bring the Playbook to market this month, has yet to confirm or deny the story.