Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) announced this week that it has enabled its Playbook tablet (launch date: April 19) for Android apps -- putting an end to months of swirling rumors.
Industry watchers are a little puzzled at the move, as it connects Blackberry to the platform that runs on many of its competitors''smartphones. With fewer than 2,000 health apps, Android clearly doesn't match up to the Playbook's big tablet competitor, iPad. And RIM has already made it clear that it particularly wants the Playbook to gain favor with clinicians and the healthcare industry in general.
But expanding its app options may improve the tablet's acceptance, which is crucial now, as Blackberry phones continue to lose market share to Android and iPhones devices, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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