In a recent blog post, RIM’s Jim Tobin, SVP of the Software, Services & Enterprise Markets business unit, goes into a little bit of the reasoning about why RIM is supporting Android apps on the PlayBook. The explanation is sort of how you would have guessed it would be, as the company is just reiterating its belief that open standards and more development tools make for a more vibrant platform. Specifically, Tobin says:
It should be interesting to see how this all plays out and how easy it will be for the end user to launch Android and Java apps. Will they look and act like native apps? Maybe. Native apps will be able to take advantage of more of the features specific to the PlayBook such as the touch sensitive bezel. It will also be interesting to see how the PlayBook handles some of the Android specific features, such as the fact that many Android apps rely on the back, homescreen and menu buttons found on devices like the Galaxy S/S 2.