RIM has released a statement saying that Android apps ported to BlacBerry PlayBook will support ads. Although originally speculated to be untrue, RIM has since confirmed that all repackaged Android apps will support third-party ad networks on the tablet. However, at launch, there will not be support for RIM’s own BlackBerry ad services.
When version 2.0 of the PlayBook OS launches, which could be very soon, it will come with support for Android apps through the Android App Player. RIM has been making efforts to entice developers to BlackBerry App World, most recently with the promise of free PlayBooks, and this news from RIM would mean that developers of free apps can still earn revenue through advertising.