Back in March, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis confirmed that it would be bringing Android apps to the PlayBook tablet and a leaked version of the Android App Player could signal that the official release is not too far away.
Most reviews of the BlackBerry PlayBook, including our own, highlighted the problem of poor app support for the QNX-based tablet. Now, for those of you who don’t mind a bit of tinkering, an unofficial beta version of the Android App Player has been leaked online.
The N4BB blog has reported that it was sent the beta version of the App Player, which was easily found through a changelog in a desktop manager update. The file is very big and lags a little according to reports from those using it, but it does work, allowing you access to hundreds of thousands of Android apps on the PlayBook.
Another issue reported by early adopters is the complete lack of a back button but this can be overcome by swiping left on the bottom bezel. The beta version is available on various places online though it has been removed from BlackBerry.com site where it was first made available. In order to make the Android App Player work, you’ll have to sideload the .bar file you download.
While many people won’t be downloading this beta build of the App Player, this leak could prompt RIM to get the official version of the software to market sooner rather than later.