RIM Attempts To Attract Android Developers With Free PlayBooks

RIM recognizes that apps are one of the ingredients to success if you're going to compete in the tablet market today. In an effort to try to woo Android developers, RIM is offering a free PlayBook tablet to developers who will repackage their app for the BlackBerry AppWorld.

The free tablet promotion was announced by RIM's VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders. According to a tweet from Saunders, Android Developers must submit their Android app to the BlackBerry AppWorld by February 13 in order to have a chance at the free PlayBook tablets. Saunders provided more information by linking to the company's BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps page.

Although RIM hasn't enjoyed the success with the PlayBook that the company initially hoped for, development is still continuing. After some delays, the latest BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 software is expected sometime this month. This software will finally bring dedicated PIM apps such as an email client and contact manager to the tablet. The PlayBook OS 2.0 update will also bring Android app compatibility.