Yesterday Bloomberg reported a rumor that Research in Motion is planning to provide support for Android apps on the Playbook, RIM’s new 7″ Blackberry tablet. RIM is planning to develop an emulator, which is an app that will be able to fool Android apps into thinking they’re running on an Android device, not the Playbook. Also, according to the rumor the emulator will be integrated into the Playbook’s OS, which could potentially increase the chance that apps will work.
Unfortunately, this support might not work, and even if it does, it won’t be available until this fall (several months after the release of the Playbook). There’s a fair chance that Kindle and other reading apps will be developed and released for the Playbook before the Android emulator is ready.
But on the other hand, there’s also a good probability that some indie developer will release an Android emulator in the first few weeks after the Playbook is sold. You might be able to get your reading apps that way.