It’s been widely covered that the PlayBook will be released on the 19th April 2011 which runs on the QNX OS. So where does that leave the Java Apps? And what sort of app support can users expect? BlackBerry just announced that they will also be, at some point, releasing two optional “App Players” that provide that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps.
These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.
The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure “sandbox” on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.
The exact way for developers to port their applications is yet to be announced but once they have the application coded, developers will still have to code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World.
If anyone would like to see a demo of the App Players, you’re going to have to wait for BlackBerry World to happen in May. I would figure shortly after that would be when they might release it.
( Source : RIM Press Release )