How to Install/Run Android Apps on BlackBerry PlayBook

This is the manual book to help you install and run an Android Application on BlackBerry PlayBook under BlackBerry simulator “Android Player”. Now you can use “DDpb Installer” to install an “Android Player” on your PlayBook and then run Android apps under this environment.

BlackBerry PlayBook

You should install a JRE first. Download it here.

Then you need to install the “DDpb Install”. Download the latest version DDpb Install here.

ddpb installer

After installed “DDpb Install”, make sure set your PlayBook in Development Mode:

unlock playbook

Make sure: Settings > Applications > Development > The USB Debugging option IS SELECTED.

Make sure connect your PlayBook to the Internet. And set a same network segment static IP for your PlayBook. Input this IP into “DDPB Installer”. (It’s auto detecting PlayBook IP for you if you use cable to connect PlayBook to PC)

ddpb installer for android

Install the “Android Player” to your PlayBook. (Use this DDPB Installer to deploy it onto PlayBook). You can download Android Player here. By frag the Android Player bar file into DDpb Installer and click “Open” and it will be installed in your PB:


Run the Android App Player and please don’t exit Android App Player.


Add the app .apk, which you are going to install on your BlackBerry PlayBook, into DPB Installer and click “Open”.


Android App Resources List for PlayBook Android Player

There still have some limit to use a Android App on your BlackBerry PlayBook. Not all of apps in Android Market can be installed and run on a PlayBook. However, all apps listed here can work on a BlackBerry PlayBook. You can download them from Android Market. Applications list show as follow:

  • Advanced Task Killer Pro v1.9.7B92
  • AnDrawing Pro v2.5.0
  • AndTorrent v0.882
  • Astro File Manager v2.3.1
  • Convertr v1.1.1
  • Dolphin Browser v6.0
  • Doodle Bubble v1.2.9
  • Download Buddy v1.47
  • EzPDF Reader v
  • Google Maps 5.6.0
  • gReader Pro v2.1.7
  • Office Suite Pro v4.0.364
  • Paper Tower Defense v1.17
  • Winamp v1.0.3
  • Yahoo Messenger v1.4