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When RIM announced that the Blackberry Playbook can make use of apps made for at least Android version 2.2 Froyo, the table definitely became more attractive. This feature gives Blackberry’s tablet an edge over other tablets such as the iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom. Not only do we get to use apps from the Blackberry App World; we can make use of apps from the Android Market as well. Here are the apps that we hope get ported to the Playbook.
Swiftkey replaces the less than ordinary virtual keyboard on the Android OS. However, this app was optimized for smartphones. We would love to see a Swftkey app optimized for tablets ported over.
Spotify is another app we want to see ported over to the Playbook. If you’re not familiar with Spotify, where have you been? It only allows you to sync mp3s from your desktop to your Android devices and then share your playlist with your friends.
FxCamera and Retro Camera Plus should also be ported over. It’s a shame that the Blackberry Playbook comes with a powerful 5 MP camera, but no camera apps on the Blackberry App World. These two apps would definitely make image capturing more worthwhile.
Another must have is the Wi-Fi Analyzer. Why? There are only two way to connect to the internet with this tablet. It’s either through your Blackberry smartphone or via Wi-Fi. To find out which public Wi-Fi connection is the best, Wi-Fi Analyzer is needed.
Since Blackberry devices are preferred by business folk, Google Docs with OCR scanning is badly needed. The app allows users to take pictures of text and convert them into text format. This beats having to type down everything from sight.
The last app is Google Maps. With all the Playbooks graphics capabilities, wouldn’t you want to navigate in 3D? Of course you would.
We definitely hope these apps get ported to the Blackberry Playbook. Some of these apps may or may not be ported through, but there’s no harm in hoping.
The Astonishing Tribe is RIM’s Swedish arm who is known for creating demos for Blackberry devices. In this year’s Mobile World Congress, they featured an app that demonstrated the Playbook’s graphics capabilities. Fortunately, this app was more than just a demo. It can be downloaded for free on the Blackberry App World. This is The Astonishing Tribe’s Scrapbook app.
The featured app may not have pushed the boundaries of the tablet’s 3D capabilities, but it did allow you to add flavor to pictures stored in the tablet. The app allowed you to add graphics such as wiggly-eyed animals or thought bubbles. It also allowed you to add backgrounds to any given photo. With the app, spicing up your pictures stored on the tablet is now possible.
With the addition of yet another app for the Playbook, it seems that there is nothing the tablet’s diverse application ecosystem cannot do. Initially, RIM announced that their first tablet will have the capabilities to run not only apps from the Blackberry App World, but also for the Android Market. This offered a number of options available for the tablet’s users. From Angry Birds to the Chat app, the Playbook’s users will have a variety of options to enjoy.
With the apps available to Blackberry’s tablet, its users are sure to enjoy a flexible app ecosystem. They can do anything from playing games with a variety of games available on the Android Market to spicing up their stored photos with the Scrapbook app. They can also enjoy the BBM as well as tethering with their Blackberry smartphones.
With every additional feature we learn about the tablet, we cannot wait to get our hands on this highly anticipated slate. Coupled with this flexible ecosystem and the tablet’s powerful hardware, it is sure to be a worthy contender of the Apple iPad 2.
The Blackberry Playbook may not be available as of yet in the UK, but it is regarded as one of the most complete tablets of 2011. With the tablet still pending a release date in the UK, there is already talk about a possible 10 inch version coming before the year ends.
What’s so interesting about RIM’s tablet? One of the tablet’s biggest attractions is the tablet’s flexible application ecosystem. It offers users the option to download apps especially designed by Blackberry app developers and apps developed by Android as well. Porting from the Android Market to Blackberry’s App World seems to go smoothly, since the number of Android apps on the Blackberry’s application distribution service is growing at a steady pace.
Another attractive feature is native email. In the past, this feature was missing from the equation. The recently announced native email can be acquired either through a web-based app or wireless tethering to a Blackberry smartphone such as the Torch.
RIM is also scheduled to release both an update and an app that will bridge the BBM (Blackberry’s instant messenger) to Facebook. The update will make the BBM available to the Playbook, and the app will be the first Facebook app especially designed for a tablet. There will be a number of features that will bridge the gap between the popular social network and the reliable IM.
According to sources, the 10 inch Playbook will not be a successor to the tablet, but rather an additional version that offers more real estate. It will come with the same technical specifications. The only difference is a 10 inch display compared to the previous 7 inches. This will make RIM’s tablet a more worthy competitor of tablets such as the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which feature bigger touch screens.