The BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to run Android apps, RIM has confirmed.

“Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities,” the company has said in a statement.

According to the company, RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and most importantly 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.

It means that users will be able to run their favourite Android apps on the PlayBook, giving them the connectivity capabilities with their BlackBerry and the enjoyment of Android apps as well.

“Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility,” says RIM. “The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure ‘sandbox’ on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.”

The new app players for the BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer.

Rumours of Android coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook first surfaced in February.

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