CrackBerry Genius of Geniuses
If the Playbook ran Android, then all apps would be obtained via the Android Market. By providing Tablet OS tweaks to run the Android apps on the Playbook, RIM gets to host the apps in App World and, thus, see revenue from the apps.
Originally Posted by Hush9300
What's not clear to me at this point is whether there are actually two strategies going on here. First, obviously, is the Android Player which, as seen in the leaked version, can access the Android Market and install and run apps within the Player. Second is taking existing Android apps and providing developers the simple hooks to allow them to compile, deploy, and run directly on the Playbook without the Player.
For flash-based apps, there are only subtle differences between an app that will run on Android and an app that will run on Tablet OS. These include basically swapping out functionality for button presses for swipes, adding functionality for a swipe-down settings screen, and some behind the scenes device monitoring features (battery, memory, saving state).
I wonder if Android Market functionality will actually be enabled in the released version of Android Player or if RIM will want to only allow distribution of 'Player-capable' apps via App World. Given the apps in the Market that have been prone to malware, I would think that RIM would want to approve whatever apps become available for the Playbook.