Owners of BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet got their eagerly awaited update to PlayBook OS 2.0 last month, bringing with it, among other features, support for compatible Android apps through its Android Player. The process by which you can run those apps take a tiny bit of effort, requiring the developer to re-package his or her release for the BlackBerry, but it’s certainly preferable to re-coding a port, or just not reaching BlackBerry users with Android apps at all. One of the latest developers to embrace the Android Player on the PlayBook is MoboTap, the team behind the Dolphin Browser, which has now released its app for the PlayBook.
The good news is that Dolphin offers a bunch of features the native PlayBook browser lacks. Of course, we wouldn’t mention good if there wasn’t also bad, and that mainly manifests as performance issues. Considering this is interpreted code, on a platform it wasn’t originally meant for, that’s not entirely surprising to hear. We’re not sure if MoboTap is going to devote any resources to optimizing things for the PlayBook, or if it will remain as a bit of an afterthought to Android development. If you’d like to see them keep at work on bringing another browser option to BlackBerry, this would be a good time to let them know.