Confirmed: RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook to support Android apps

Waterloo-based RIM announced their Q4 and 2011 Year End Fiscal results: BlackBerry smartphone shipments increased 43% over last year to 52.3 million units, 2011 revenue increase 33% to $19.9 billion, Number 1 selling smartphone in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the UK for calendar 2010.

Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion stated that “As we enter fiscal 2012, RIM is in an excellent position to benefit from the continuing convergence of the mobile communications and mobile computing markets. We are laying a strong foundation for RIM’s expanding market opportunity through focused investments and we are extremely excited about our smartphone, tablet and platform roadmaps.”

Speaking of convergence and roadmaps… RIM also confirmed a rumour that has brewing for months that they’ll support Android apps on the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook (and future devices that run off the QNX platform).

“RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook. In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.”

Wonder what Steve Jobs is thinking now…

Source: MarketWire: Q4 results & Android