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Android apps side-loaded onto the BlackBerry PlayBook

The OS 2.0 update brought support for Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook. While many Android apps are available in BB App World, there are still many missing that can be side-loaded onto the device. This is similar to how apps are loaded on the Kindle Fire and B&N Nook Tablet.
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The OS 2.0 update brought support for Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook. While many Android apps are available in BB App World, there are still many missing that can be side-loaded onto the device. This is similar to how apps are loaded on the Kindle Fire and B&N Nook Tablet.

Check out my ZDNet Mobile Gadgeteer blog post for more thoughts and experiences on using these Android apps.

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There is no official Twitter application for the PlayBook, but the Android one works fine.

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I spent last week at Disneyland and as you can see Google Maps can be used on the PlayBook for simple navigation and mapping.

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Music can be played from the server through your Amazon MP3 account.

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Music sounds great through the stereo speakers on the PlayBook.

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Kobo is a decent ebook application, but if you have ebooks already purchased through Kindle it is nice to get access to them on the PlayBook.

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Ebooks are best read in portrait orientation and look great on the PlayBook.

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There are several settings available in the Amazon Kindle application too.

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The web browser is great on the PlayBook, but the Dolphin browser is also excellent on the Android platform.

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There are several available settings in the Dolphin Browser on the PlayBook.

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Words with Friends is my favorite word game and is now playable on my PlayBook.

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Words with Friends is associated with Facebook and works well on the PlayBook.

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My favorite RSS/news reader is Pulse and it runs well on the PlayBook.

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Quickoffice Pro runs on the PlayBook, but could be better optimized for the large display.

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You swipe down and then tap the bottom of the display to access the format options in Quickoffice.

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I enjoy old school gaming and there is a SNES emulator available that lets me enjoy Donkey Kong Country.

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The controls are easy to use with the center of the display showing a large version of what you have seen on your SNES.

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Sound and gameplay is quite good on the PlayBook.

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Android apps on the PlayBook gallery 1

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Android apps on the PlayBook gallery 2

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