Everything was born of a harsh tweet from vice president RIM Developer Relations Officer Alec Saunders. He wrote something to say that piracy was a big problem for Android developers and that they did not want to repeat the chaotic sewer that was the Android Market. After that message, several media, including this one, spoke of the possibility of RIMvetara Android applications on its tablet. Interestingly, the tweet is gone.
Saunders later recalled on the BlackBerry developer blog that Twitter’s 140 characters precludes nuance and wanted to explain the misunderstanding. Although he recognizes that he will see changes, he considers that they will be positive for everyone. He rejected that they were to close the door to Android applications on the BlackBerry PlayBook nor in the new BlackBerry 10 operating system since this option is for developers to load their applications on their own devices to test them and send their beta versions to the developer community for review but not for some, say Saunders, to load pirated apps.
What will change is that with the new operating system for the PlayBook it is will introduce a function to encrypt applications so that only the user who has bought it executes them. In addition, they are working with the developer community to get them to test their applications on real hardware quickly and easily. So there will continue to be Android apps for RIM tablets.
Alec Saunders message on the Blog of developers.