At the BlackBerry Developer Day in Toronto, media wasn’t allowed to attend the event because RIM was privately announcing to developers that the PlayBook would technically be allowed to run any type of app, including iOS apps. The PlayBook will run these apps in the same way that it runs Android apps through the launcher. We’re not sure how easy it will be for developers, but it could be that they potentially take the same files they submit to the other app stores and submit them to App World – whether they’re web apps, iOS apps or Android apps. The app launcher on the PlayBook, and the BlackBerry smartphone, will be able to read all these files and let the end user run them. In the end, this means the PlayBook will have over 500,000 apps. Is this enough for the analysts?
We can’t link to anything because RIM has specifically told us we weren’t allowed to report anything from the event, but we are allowed to say that we heard this from multiple attendees.
UPDATE: You know a good April Fool’s Day post when people think it’s real. Maybe it’s because everyone wants it to be true? So just to make it clear: this was a joke.