The BlackBerry Packager for Android apps allows you to quickly check your Android application for compatibility and repackage it using your browser, to produce a BAR file compatible with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Once repackaged, you can then sign the BAR file so that it can be distributed through the BlackBerry World storefront.
Before you use the BlackBerry Packager, you should be aware that creating a BAR file using this tool does not guarantee that your app will be approved for distribution in BlackBerry World, nor does it guarantee that the BAR file will function as intended on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If, however, you want to test your application on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or simulator to ensure that it meets your standard of quality, you should use the BlackBerry Plug-in for ADT.
Using the packager
Before you begin: Follow these steps to install the Android SDK and SDK platform 2.3.3 APIs. Note that you don’t need to install Eclipse or the BlackBerry Plug-in for Android Development to use the online packager.
- Set the permissions to allow your browser to run the packager applet.
- Run the compatibility test to determine whether your app is likely to run on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
- Request code signing keys and configure your computer
- Package and sign your app.