BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones to run Android apps?
Android on your BlackBerry? Rumors in the past have reported that RIM is seriously considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps. Research In Motion toils with the path it wants to take as far as how the existing Java environment will work on its upcoming QNX tablet and smartphones. Jonathan Geller from BGR got the exclusive on this and reports...
Here is the big news: we have been told RIM is very much considering the Dalvik virtual machine, and we ultimately expect the company to chose Dalvik. If that sounds familiar to you, itís because itís the same VM that the Android OS uses, and it would allow RIMís PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform. There are various approaches to this situation ó one where RIM uses the open source Dalvik VM and does not involve Google, and another (incredible) scenario where RIM and Google might reach an agreement (basically ďcertifyĒ the device/platform) that would provide official support to Android apps on RIMís QNX-based OS, and would feature the Android Market, Googleís Gmail, Maps, and other apps.
Given RIM making some huge leaps lately in the market with the announcement of upcoming devices, QNX, and OS 6.1, it would be a HUGE impact for BlackBerry/Android integration, and in my eyes, great for the open source market.
Are you in favor of BlackBerry running Android apps, or even a Android OS?