BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 has been rumored and detailed for a while now, but it’s only this month that we’ll get it, if recent speculations and inside info are correct. A post from RIM’s Developer Relations team says that the update will come in February, with the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps feature included.
The Runtime for Android Apps is probably the most appealing feature of the fresh software, aside from the promised native email, contacts and calendar support. Research in Motion already set up a February 6th deadline for developers to submit their Android apps, to make sure that there are enough applications to test on the platform. The Canadian company also posted some guidelines for submitting apps, that include removing the word Android from all parts of the software and removing all links to Android Market.
Devs must also select BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 as the minimum platform requirement and make sure that the application is code signed. The BlackBerry Plug-in for ADT, BlackBerry Packager for Android apps and BB SDK for Android software are the tools you need to port apps and RIM promises that the process is dev-friendly.