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BlackBerry PlayBook’s Android App Player Has Many Limitations; RIM Not Slashing MSRP Yet

BlackBerry PlayBook’s Android App Player

Early adopters of BlackBerry PlayBook who were inspired by the promise of an Android app player in the future will be unhappy to know that the app will come with a significant number of limitations. It was to be expected that RIM would have problems with an Android app player running on a QNX platform. However, the fact that it was making the attempt had us thinking that RIM had a plan in mind. Well, if it did, it’s not working so well since a number of Android apps will be unusable on BlackBerry PlayBook owing to the player’s restrictions.

 Thing reports on some of Android app player’s limitations as outlined by RIM engineers speaking at DroidCon, part of the Eastern European Mobile Monday Developer Summit in Romania. There’s no support for Live Wallpaper, SIP and SIP VoIP, anything built using the Native Development Kit, apps containing only App Widgets, and apps containing more than one activity tied to the Launcher. Any packages that rely on Google Maps, in-app billing services, Android’s text-to-speech engine, or the cloud-to-device messaging system will all be rendered unusable under the company’s runtime system. As you can make out, the experience will be far from seamless.

This is bad news for the fast dwindling lot of BlackBerry PlayBook fans. RIM had better bring out the native app upgrade to the tablet so users at least something to look forward to.

Even though RIM isn’t seeing the sales it would like to see and it’s quite evident that BlackBerry PlayBook is far from the hit RIM envisaged it to be, the company doesn’t plan retail price cuts. Instead, RIM will offer discounts through incentive programs, rebates and deals. If you’d rather take up the retailer discounts, you’d better hurry as the offers will end on October 1. Office Depot and Staples are offering the three models of BlackBerry PlayBook for a $100 discount. Thrown in another $100 gift certificate or rebate and you could walk away with a $200 PlayBook.

Early adopters of BlackBerry PlayBook who were inspired by the promise of an Android app player in the future will be unhappy to know that the app will come with a significant number of limitations. It was to be expected that RIM would have problems with an Android app player…

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