RIM offering free PlayBooks to Android developers

RIM may have been struggling recently, but at least their recent job shuffling has them headed in the right direction. They are coming out with an upgraded PlayBook sometime soon, and a brand new OS and smartphone are nearing release as well. However, their app store is still going to need a jump start in order to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple's offerings.

Fortunately, RIM has a plan to quickly draw some new applications and developers to their App World, directly from Android. Alec Saunders, the company's VP of developer relations, said on Twitter that Android developers who post their applications to the Android Market before the 13th of this month will get a 16GB PlayBook tablet.

Details were a bit vague, with the only instructions being to submit your Android app to the App World, and then send an email to the RIM's developer outreach program. Not only that, Saunders also said that the terms and conditions were not yet final, meaning that the rules could change and some developers could be disqualified. Still, this doesn't seem like a bad way for RIM to promote interest in their app store, and they will be able to get rid of some of those unsold PlayBooks at the same time.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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