RIM is planning to add support for Android applications to its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, according to a report on Bloomberg.
The report cites multiple unnamed sources as claiming that RIM is working on software which will allow the PlayBook to access Android applications.
The software is being developed in-house and could be released in the second half of this year.
RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook last year in a bid to move into the tablet market. The 7in device runs a new operating system based on the QNX platform, and supports applications crafted through the RIM WebWorks platform.
The company plans to release the first PlayBook to US customers by March, with an international release slated for the second quarter of the year.
The tablet will find itself in a very competitive market. Apple dominates with the iPad, but Google's Android platform is catching up, and the company is looking to stake out a significant claim with the release of the tablet-specific Honeycomb operating system.
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