The 10 Most Downloaded Blackberry Playbook Android Apps

Since the Blackberry Playbook received the fabled OS2 update last month, the tablet has had a new lease on life. It helps when most retailers are now selling it for $199 and it was the top selling tablet in Canada in February.  We have been fervently converting Android Apps over to the Playbook BAR format for the last month and have noticed a trend with the most popular apps available. Below is an indication of the ones that are most in demand according to our readers.

Google Maps – The popular Maps app on the Playbook gives you GPS and tons of cool features.

Amazon Kindle – Over 13,000 downloads on this reading app and it is a crying shame Amazon will not make an official app for the Playbook, but they did the HP Touchpad. Go figure.

IMDB Movies – Watch trailers and check our your favorite authors, works great on Playbook.

Dropbox – Popular file sharing and cloud storage locker proves to be very popular with over 7,500 downloads.

Android PDF Viewer – The Playbook has a tremendous shortcoming with quality PDF apps and the default Adobe version is not up to snuff. This app continues to be the most popular PDF reader on the Playbook.

Skype for Playbook – You can’t make calls or do any audio functionality, but people continue to enjoy the SMS style messaging aspect of it.

Twitter – Continues to be one of the most popular social networking apps and has no problems running on your device from the converted Android file.

WhatsApp Messenger – Currently one of the most coveted Playbook apps with the ability to share a slew of different media options.

Pandora – One of the definitive music apps comes to the Playbook by way of Android.

eBay – PAYPAL and EBAY are two of the major platforms not to be found anywhere on the Blackberry QNX Platform. You can enjoy the shopping, payment, and everything else through this app.

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    Hi – Thanks for all your work converting the apps!I can’t find any of them on appworld on my playbook though – how do i find them please?I don’t want to ‘sideload’ or ‘dingleberry’ or ‘crack’ or anything else like that!!
    Thank you

  • Good E-Reader

     You don’t need to crack or root or anything like that. The Playbook with the OS2 update has an android emulator. You can then load in apps. You can find out more info in our video tutorial section on


    That’s great, thank you.
    Am I right in thinking I can’t just download them – I have to download then link to my pc etc?
    Thanks again

  • Good E-Reader

    the software you need + videos + tutorials is right here

  • Darren

    You guys rock! The Kindle app is excellent and makes the Playbook into a top-notch e-reader. I know I’ll take some heat for this, but can we expect any updates on some of these apps? Specifically Yahoo Mail… 

  • Good E-Reader

     we updated yahoo mail

  • Tikana

    Thanks. Those are great apps. I didn’t not encounter any problems, so far. Btw, do really appreciate if you could convert GOLF APPS namely The Masters, The Open, USGA and the PGA.   Again, thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Jeffbourassa

    so this seems like a really stupid question….  I have successfully install Dropbox and Kindle, and was able to launch them on install?  After I reboot my playbook I cannot find the dropbox or Kindle icons to launch the Android Apps?  I must be missing something obvious I am thinking?  

    How do I launch the Android apps on the playbook after installing?


  • RollingCalf

    With all the success that others have been having in being able to easily convert their Kindle books to PlayBook, I must be doing something wrong. I am still not able to make the conversion work.