RIM will support Android applications on the BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as QNX-based BlackBerry smartphones from now on. In addition to supporting Android apps, the company is also offering developers some help in porting their existing Android applications into BlackBerry App World, through a suite of tools.

"The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform."

The ability to run Android applications certainly makes the PlayBook, and BlackBerry in general more competitive in the mobile marketplace.

What do you think? Will you be more likely to purchase a PlayBook or a BlackBerry in general now that they can run Android applications?