BlackBerry PlayBook OS update improves Android app compatibility

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Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) released version 2.1.0 beta of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet OS, highlighted by a series of enhancements in the Android runtime.

Each Android app installed on the PlayBook tablet will now run in its own window, a change RIM said will translate to an improved user experience and greater consistency among the operating system's other application runtimes. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0 beta also enables Android apps to access the Camera hardware, allowing support for more types of apps, and adds support for in-app payments through the BlackBerry Payment SDK.

Research In Motion started accepting Android-based PlayBook apps earlier this year, a move to attract developers to the beleaguered BlackBerry platform. Version 2.0 of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook OS, released in February, built in the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, enabling developers to repackage existing Android apps to run on the tablet as well as upcoming BlackBerry 10-based devices.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0 beta additionally delivers support for full-device encryption, allowing developers to build apps that securely integrate users' personal information, as well as portrait support for email, calendar and contacts. Additional features and enhancements are on tap for the operating system's official release. The beta is available for download here.

For more:
- read this Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog entry

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