Early last year the Blackberry Playbook received a firmware update that gave it an Android Emulator. This allows people to convert Android apps and games (APK) to the proprietary BAR format. There are numerous tools that allow users to convert these apps from one format to another, but they are often fairly complex. Why is it that some apps work and most, such as Angry Birds, don’t?
Some other factors that prevent apps and games from either converting or running properly on the Playbook are if the programs require a Google Account, use Google’s Billing Service, rely on Android Text to Speech, or if they use GPS Maps.
If you are looking for BAR files for the Playbook, check out our own Good e-Reader App store! We have been converting apps since March of last year and have close to 1,000 that work. In seems 1/10 apps we test actually work on the Playbook, which is a deplorable ratio.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.