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RIM targets Android apps with the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 beta

By Aldo Panessidi

RIM has launched the latest beta of BlackBerry PlayBook OS and made it available to developers. Version 2.1.0 targets enhancements in the platform’s Android runtime, and includes other upgrades.

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RIM targets Android apps with the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 beta

The latest version of the OS is designed to help bring  Android apps to RIM’s tablet a lot easier, including  allowing the apps to access PlayBook features like the device's camera hardware and the ability to run in their own window.

Developers can now also equip in-app purchases, with RIM handing Android developers access to the BlackBerry Payments SDK.

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The update also includes portrait support for the Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, along with full device encryption, screenshots saved in the PNG format, and improved email folder support, including IMAP folder support.

The company claims the 2.1 Android SDK will be released in full when the whole platform update hits commercial devices. RIM says consumers will soon be getting the Playbook’s new OS.