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    The Top 10 Android Apps To Sideload On To Your BlackBerry PlayBook


    Now that the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is out and we can successfully run Android apps on the PlayBook, it's time for a top ten list of the best Android apps for the PlayBook. All of these apps in the list can be easily sideloaded, and have been tested for basic functionality.

    #1 Words With Friends



    Whether you like it or not this little word game has taken the masses by storm. This popular FaceBook game created by Zynga, has taken over almost everyone's mobile device. Its a scrabble type game that is played at your own pace against a friend or random opponent.

    After the application was successfully sideloaded it ran smooth on its first run, and within no time at all was ready for the challenge. Pinch and zoom work within the app to enlarge or shrink the playing board. One issue that I noticed was that when using blank tiles the app sometime has a hard time adding the new letter. Overall this app works really well.
    #2 Pandora Radio


    The Pandora internet radio app may be one of the best internet radio apps out there now. Although you can utilize Pandora right from the native browser its nice to have a little app to run in the background. The apps interface is clean, basic and had no problems loading on to the PlayBook. Sound quality is good as well.
    #3 Amazon Kindle



    Amazon Kindle allows you to read books on your PlayBook. You can purchase books or browse thousands of the free ebooks. This app works great I was able to view my library no problem download books, and even purchase if I wanted to. Reading within the app rivals that of the kobo app. This is a must for any avid reader. Overall this app works really well.
    #4 eBay



    The eBay app works really well, and I was surprised on how many functions actually worked. You can easily browse for items and manage your own account. Item description and pictures also work really well this ones pretty polished up.
    #5 Shazam



    Now this app is really nice if you just can't remember the name of that tune. We have all been there wondering about that tune, and we simple cant get our finger on it. Now I was a bit skeptical on this app as I was not sure how the mic integration with the Android App player would work. However, there was no issues at all with the app recognizing the song. I played a song and after a short while the app told me what song it was. Overall I like this app and it seems to work just fine.
    #6 Gallery 3D



    Yes there are already many photo viewers out there but, this one is fun and is basically the native Android picture viewer. You can view pictures in some pretty cool ways. Experiment with this one and see what you can do.
    #7 Dropbox



    The Dropbox client may be the nicest cloud storage app out there right now. It is so easy to share your files and store your information online. I noticed that this app opens most of the files from within the Android Player. So when you download or export your media it uses many of the Android default applications to open the media content. I noticed that it also gave you the option to open using the PlayBooks native applications as well. Overall this app works really well.
    #8 Google Maps



    Google maps is a great tool for navigating almost anywhere, and works surprisingly well on the PlayBook. Although the app works well GPS is a little slow, and the Navigation extension is still in beta. Overall the app does work pretty well, and has most of the working features you would expect.
    #9 IMDB Movies & TV



    If you'er a movie buff than this is the app for you. Browsing movies and previews was a breeze using this app. Everything seemed to work just fine. I could even watch the trailers right from the app. This app has almost all of the functionality that you would have when using the full website. Overall this app worked really well and smooth.
    #10 Winamp



    Winamp is a seasoned media player that has been around forever. It allows you to listen to SHOUTcast radio and listen to your music collection. The app does run well and all of the features that I tested worked. Winamp is a great media player.
    As more Android apps make it to the market sidelaoding will slowly fade away. Until then enjoy all of the new apps out there.
    Last edited by ice2921; 02-25-2012 at 04:24 PM.




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    Words with Friends I need to get installed. I love word games.
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    I installed WinAmp and fell in instant love with my BlackBerry PlayBook all over again.

    The sound quality output to my headphones is outstanding.

    I also installed Dropbox, and Shazam is next ! Thank you ice for the share.
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    The Google Maps link is connected to the eBay bar. Can you fix that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtash View Post
    The Google Maps link is connected to the eBay bar. Can you fix that?
    Link fixed thanks

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    Question

    Thanks for the GREAT Top 10 list! Has anyone tried to create a .bar for Skype?
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    Time to sideload more apps. I already have Kindle which I enjoying and these look good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visortgw View Post
    Thanks for the GREAT Top 10 list! Has anyone tried to create a .bar for Skype?
    Yes and most have been very unstable chat works like a charm but video is a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    Yes and most have been very unstable chat works like a charm but video is a different story.
    I have also installed the Skype app for BlackBerry PlayBook, and I can confirm with ice.

    The chat feature is good, but anything else is not as good.

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    Kindle is great, couldn't get Words to work (try again tomorrow), I prefer Bluebox to the Dropbox app and I couldn't get the Google map app to find me (Magellan Compass is awesome though!). I'll try the others tomorrow. Thanks!
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    once again, thanks ice for share this great apps and to make them so accesible to us. !you ROCK man!.
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    Shazaam keeps getting stuck at 50% when sideloading...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmeling68 View Post
    Kindle is great, couldn't get Words to work (try again tomorrow), I prefer Bluebox to the Dropbox app and I couldn't get the Google map app to find me (Magellan Compass is awesome though!). I'll try the others tomorrow. Thanks!
    The navigation portion is still in beta so it may be a bit unstable. The GPS overall is a little slow to load, but when it does work its nice.

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    Do you see the icon on your PlayBook? If so try to launch it after a period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    Do you see the icon on your PlayBook? If so try to launch it after a period of time.
    Nope, no icon.
    When loading it it gets to 50% and then nothing...
    I unplug still no logo

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    After downloading the bar file, how do I install them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzurs View Post
    After downloading the bar file, how do I install them?
    Take a look here:

    http://www.blackberryos.com/playbook...-os-2-0-a.html

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    Dropbox should be higher on this list! Its amazing. Uploads are perfect and browsing my account is super fast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by finittz View Post
    Dropbox should be higher on this list! Its amazing. Uploads are perfect and browsing my account is super fast!
    I agree finittz, I have Dropbox installed on my PlayBook, and my BlackBerry Bold 9900, both work great!

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    i ran into this while searching the web, if anybody else has it ma bad for the repost, but here is a list of android apps to sideload on OS 2!!

    Check out BlackBerry PlayBook Android Apps

    Enjoy
    Last edited by grimreaper; 03-08-2012 at 06:36 AM. Reason: updated link

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