Last month, faithful PlayBook users were delighted to find that their tab is out on the market with an updated, fresh operating system, the OS2. It was like Blackberry designed a new life for their devices, retailing them for $199 and offering fast moving, responsive and pretty looking tablets. In Canada, the Blackberry Playbook was the top selling tab in the second month of 2012. As you cannot have an awesome tab without a handful of cool applications, there are several Android apps that have been converted to the Playbook BAR format. Below there’s a list with the most popular apps that have been activated by Playbook users in the past month or so.
Google Maps: not only do we use this app on a daily basis on our laptops, but now it comes is an appealing version for tablet use and it ranks first on the list of most used apps on the Blackberry Playbook. It really seems that indifferent of the device they’re using, people love Google Maps, for its GPS and other various cool features.
Amazon Kindle: the reading app from Amazon is quite catchy and Playbook users have downloaded it more than 13,000 times. Too bad Amazon doesn’t release an official app for Blackberry tabs, as it did for the HP Touchpad. Unfortunately.
IMDB Movies: this website is top notch, I use it every day and it’s really cool how most of the times it’s up to date on titles, episodes and trailers. On the Playbook tablet, the IMDB app works great and gives the user the opportunity to watch trailers and check episodes’ release dates and thorough information about actors and producers. Heartily recommended.
Dropbox: this popular storage and file sharing app seems to be one of the favorites as well, with over 7,500 downloads in the past months. It’s definitely a useful tool on any device, saves space and makes file transfer a child’s play.
Android PDF Viewer: since the Playbook has a small blank when it comes to quality PDF apps, Blackberry users often get the Android version. It’s definitely the most popular PDF reader among Playbook users.
Skype for Playbook: on the tablet, you can do much of the same things you can on the PC version of Skype. However, for some reason, Playbook users prefer the SMS style messaging it offers more than any other feature.
Twitter: the converted Android file works flawlessly on the Playbook and to this day remains one the most popular social networking apps.
WhatsApp Messenger: sharing, chatting, playing have become much better with the help of this application. It is currently one of the most coveted Playbook apps, due to the possibility it offers; to have access to several different accounts at once (Yahoo, Facebook etc)
Pandora: Playbook users are lucky Android apps can be so easily converted, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to use this cool music app.
eBay: by downloading this app, Blackberry users have access to PayPal and eBay, two platforms that are completely inaccessible on the Blackberry QNX Platform.
We are all grateful for Android. These days, some more than others, and Blackberry Playbook users are among them. By converting popular Android apps, they get the chance to enjoy said apps in a flexible and accessible way.