RIM Lures Developers: 'Convert Your Android App to BlackBerry and We'll Give You a PlayBook'

Research In Motion now has a new offer running to lure developers to its platform. The company is giving away a free tablet to any developer who brings their Android app to the barren BlackBerry App World.

Alec Saunders, RIM's vice president of developer relations, tweeted yesterday, "Shh.... Android Devs—submit your Android app to BB AppWorld by Feb 13 and get a free Playbook --> tools here," to get the ball rolling. Instantly, interested developers flooded his Twitter with questions on the details. He then linked to a new blog post that followed up on hes tweet.

The plan is to provide one free 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook to every registered BlackBerry App World vendor who converts their Android app for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook and submits it to BlackBerry App World between February 2, 2012 and February 13, 2012. … Further details about the promotion will be posted on our developer site as soon as possible.

It's a good deal for developers—free is free, after all—though these days a 32GB PlayBook can be had for as little as $149.

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Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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