There has been a lot of excitement today about the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet developer promotion for Android™ developers, as tweeted by Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations. Further details about the promotion will be posted on our developer site as soon as possible, but the plan is to provide one free 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to every registered BlackBerry App World™ vendor who converts their Android app for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and submits it to BlackBerry App World between February 2, 2012 and February 13, 2012. How easy is it to bring your Android app to BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? Check out our Android tools site to see!
To help speed up the approval process of your application, we strongly recommend the following:
- Before submitting your application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to remove all mention of the word “Android” from your application – both in the application description and the application itself.
- Please remove all links to Android Marketplace from within your application.
- When submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to select a minimum OS of 2.0.
- Please make sure your application is signed. For more information on code signing, please view the code signing documentation on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps webpage.
The Android app needs to be ported and submitted prior to the deadline to be eligible for the offer. The applications will need to meet the BlackBerry App World Vendor Guidelines, and there will of course be some terms and conditions that are principally designed to prevent abuse of the promotion. We’ll keep you posted. Now get building those apps!
[Updated: Friday February 3, 2012 @ 4:00 PM]
Wow, BlackBerry developer community! You certainly weren’t shy about wanting in on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer for apps submitted to BlackBerry App World between now and February 13. And you know what? We are in the year of “Being Bold”, and such an outpouring of interest from you should be rewarded! We’re opening this offer to any app – BlackBerry® WebWorks™, Native, Adobe® AIRv, and Android. Same deadline of February 13 applies. There are some terms and conditions, but they’re there to protect you and your content. We look forward to your submissions!