The BlackBerry Dev Blog has recently reached out to developers and asked them to get their Android apps ready for the PlayBook OS 2 launch. The Android app grab makes a lot of sense for RIM’s platform, especially because BlackBerry 10 is going to launch with far fewer apps than a legacy BlackBerry user would have access to. How do you think people will react when they realize that their BlackBerry 10 smartphone won’t have all the apps they paid for, and the catalog of available apps could be 10,000 versus 60,000? RIM is going to have to grab a significant number of new developers and apps as well as convert many of its Java developers in order to create a solid app ecosystem at launch.
So what Android apps will work on the PlayBook? It seems like games is probably the best category for Android developers at the moment because a good app usually takes advantage of features of the hardware you probably won’t have access to on the PlayBook (for now at least).
Here are some features that you can’t use for an Android app:
Multitouch (Jazzhand/5 points)
Android vending (might have some issues with games and in-app purchases unless App World can handle)
Native Google Maps
Here are 5 Android games we’d love to see on the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 smartphones at launch.
Waves of monsters are attacking your castle. They move fast, strike hard, and never give up. It’s time to equip your BOW to fight! Can you defend your castle against intruders with your archery?
As the sole surviving Commando of a renegade attack against a ruthless dictator, you are stranded on the frontline and hell-bent on payback. You must use all of your specialized skills to survive the onslaught of the enemy forces and avenge your fallen soldiers.
3. Zynga Poker
Zynga’s top downloaded poker game that is available on multiple platforms. This company is making a huge push into mobile and we’d love to see them make BlackBerry central to its growth strategy.
Create the coolest farm by growing fruits and exploring with your friends! Build and tend your very own farm, now with even lusher and more vibrant graphics. Join the millions of Papaya Farmers living out their rural dreams by planting and harvesting a bumper crop, helping your friends reap a bounty, or sneakily stealing what you want.
Imagine it, build it. Create worlds on the go with Minecraft – Pocket Edition. The new Minecraft – Pocket Edition allows you to build on the go. Use blocks to create masterpieces as you travel, hangout with friends, sit at the park, the possibilities are endless. Move beyond the limits of your computer and play Minecraft everywhere you go.
What Android titles would you like to see on PlayBook and BlackBerry 10?