Apparently the forthcoming PlayBook 2.0 OS will support the running of Android apps and they’re wanting you to help them fill BlackBerry App World with cool new Android apps that you’ve made.
Naturally we wanted to track down the official word on this deal. The ‘Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog’ had this to say:
There has been a lot of excitement today about the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ developer promotion for Android™ developers, as tweeted by Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations. Further details about the promotion will be posted on our developer site as soon as possible, but the plan is to provide one free 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook to every registered BlackBerry App World vendor who converts their Android app for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook and submits it to BlackBerry App World between February 2, 2012 and February 13, 2012. How easy is it to bring your Android app to BlackBerry PlayBook? Check out our Android tools site to see!
Read the article titled Latest BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet offer for Android developers for more details.
Does Andromo Create Android Apps Compatible with PlayBook OS 2.0?
We set out to make sure that it did first thing this morning. We ran an Android .APK app created with Andromo through the BlackBerry Packager for Android Apps and it passed with flying colors…
The official ‘Terms and Conditions’ were released today at ‘BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Offer‘ on the BlackBerry website:
Free BlackBerry PlayBook offer overview
Developers who submit a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ app to BlackBerry App World™ by Feb. 13, 2012 are eligible for a free BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
If you’re submitting an Android app, to help speed up the approval process of your app, it’s strongly recommended that you:
– Remove all mention of the word Android from your app, in the application description and in the app itself, before submitting your app to BlackBerry App World
– Remove all links to the Android Market from within your app
– Select a minimum OS of 2.0 when submitting your Android app to BlackBerry App World
– Ensure your app is signed. Learn about code signing
In response to this, we made changes today to Andromo, releasing v1.6.5. It removes the link to the Android Market from the About screen in apps created with Andromo, as well as the word ‘Android’ from that screen. Rebuild your app with Andromo v1.6.5 and you should be fine as best we can tell from the instructions given.
You’ll want to go to the site and follow their instructions exactly.
How Can You Get a Free PlayBook?
Make an awesome app with Andromo App Maker for Android by going to www.andromo.com and signing up for a free account. There’s no programming required – literally anyone can do it, plus it’s totally free. Then follow RIM’s instructions: Three-step process to submit your app
Now don’t think you can just hack together any old app and hope to get a free PlayBook. They expect your app to be of value to their users (Guidelines) and they will review everything submitted. That said, Andromo gives you the tools to make excellent native Android apps – but the ideas, content and execution is up to you…
That being said, start making those apps. And do it today, as creating a BlackBerry App World vendor account seems to take up to 48 hours for approval and requires some documentation to establish. It’s a bit of a pain in the you know where, but for a free PlayBook it’s totally worth it IMHO…