BlackBerry PlayBook Android

RIM's PlayBook has plenty of drool-worthy specs, like a 1GHz dual-core CPU and the QNX operating system, but a new rumor has appeared that could really raise interest in the tablet: the ability to run Android apps. It may sound crazy, but that's exactly what the folks at BGR are reporting. According to "multiple trusted sources," RIM has been working on figuring out how to implement a Java environment on its QNX devices for older apps, and there's a strong chance that they'll use a Dalvik virtual machine. Of course, Android also uses Dalvik, meaning that the PlayBook and future BlackBerrys could theoretically run just about any app built for Android. It's not clear if RIM would involve Google and get their support or not, but it would certainly be huge if the Big G did give their blessing.

I'm sure that RIM is working hard to ensure that there will be plenty of PlayBook-ready apps available when the tablet launches in the next couple of months, but the ability to run any Android app would make the software possibilites increase exponentially. Plus, interest in RIM's tablet would spike as Android fans that normally wouldn't give the PlayBook a passing glance strongly consider purchasing it. Is the thought of a BlackBerry device running Android apps crazy? Definitely. We've seen stranger things happen in the past, though, and with the rate that RIM's market share is shrinking and Android's is growing, the BlackBerry manufacturer may just be crazy enough to try it.


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Brian Austin The Playbook is a total knock-off of webOS anyway, so I doubt it will ever matter...
Nicolas ScumBurg @eskias you are Dumbzzzzz Cyanogen don't care
Joe DeNisco Let's see how many developers actually took the bait for making more adobe air apps!
Mike Miller Google wont let it happen
Eskias McDaniels All depends if cyanogen wants to do it or not
Brian Johnson I hope so, because I really really want the playbook...
Dave Torres They would have to if they want to compete with Android, but GOOGLE would make them Ph amorphous of money for it.
Joel Gomez If there are not too many apps on the black berry platform...it will fail
Brian Soberano I really hope not. Cause. BB sucks
Jourdan Fletcher doubt it. just like how RIM won't make a BBM App for Android. That's like iphone running WP7. Won't happen
Ricardo Contreras Jr. Idk about three fiddy
Tony Abiama Yea if dalvik (i think) is incorporated w/ BB, it could happen... most likely by hacking means
Fernando Gonzalez @nick doesn't matter if they allow it or not. If the playbook ends up running dvm, once the playbook is hacked, it'll only be a matter of time before its done.
Anthony Alecseenko I would love blackberries if they ran Android.
Michael Morales Sounds just like how you worded it "rumor" ... The magic 8 ball says unlikely
Nick Karstedt Yeah, but would either RIM or Google allow it? The SDK version in the android manifest might present some problems. I highly doubt this will happen.
Leston DjShabang that would CRAZY!!!!!!! very very CRAZY. may put me in the feeling for a BB phone or playbook

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