RIM have been awfulyl quiet about their Android App Player for their BlackBerry PlayBook tablet after revealing the feature in March. They’re obviously working hard at getting it ready, which makes it all the more unfortunate that they themselves have accidentally made an early version of the software available way before its ready.
Inadvertently rposted on BlackBerry.com, the site was hosting a work-in-progress build of their Android App Player that a few plucky PlayBook owners snapped up quickly. RIM have of course removed the original change-log that held the file, but that hasn’t stopped the early build from being dsitributed online.
According to those who have tried it out, it’s not as great as those bemoaning the lack of content on the BlackBerry App World would have hoped. It’s reportedly a huge file that lumbers along at a slow pace, with clumsy swipe controls that are in place of the regular Android hardware buttons on the buttonless PlayBook.
Based on Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, it should however theoretically be able to handle all non-Honeycomb apps available to Android users.
RIM have confirmed the leak as an official work-in-progress that wasn’t intended for public consumption. They advise users to avoid the patchy release, and await a full beta release later this Summer which will reportedly iron out the creases detailed above.