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BlackBerry PlayBook demonstrated running Android apps

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BlackBerry PlayBook demonstrated running Android apps
Using Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook is something that RIM promised to us not long ago, and judging by the video below, the Canadians are definitely sticking to their words. In a video demonstration given during BlackBerry World 2011, the BlackBerry PlayBook was shown running Android apps without a hitch. No missing features and no glitches of any sort here – Android software appeared to be running pretty much as it would on any stock Android device.

The magic was made possible thanks to Android Player, the software tool that is expected to land on the BlackBerry App World later this summer. In essence, it will emulate the Android 2.3 operating system to a certain level – just enough to enable Android Apps to run natively. However, it seems logical to see its future versions supporting Honeycomb applications as well. After the Android Player's official release, selected Android apps should be available for download through the BlackBerry App World, which means that we may see RIM's software marketplace expand quite a bit.

source: Engadget via BlackBerryOS


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posted on 04 May 2011, 12:37

1. Jaymo (unregistered)


I don't think it's 'logical' to eventually support Honeycomb apps. Honeycomb is NOT open source, so RIM will not be able to legalize use any of the Honeycomb support source code to create their own app player.

posted on 04 May 2011, 13:10 1

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


when honeycomb became not open source?

why not just find a easy port from android to QNX instead?

posted on 04 May 2011, 16:40 2

3. cheetah2k (Posts: 837; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Honeycomb will be open source just like every other version of Android. The SDK just isn't ready yet for public release (hence why only a select few manufacturers have had access to it).

Google have mentioned this on several occasions. So get your facts straight.

posted on 04 May 2011, 16:58 1

4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


wait wait wait... a google product is not open? what is the world coming to...

posted on 04 May 2011, 20:56 1

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


next apple will allow side loading apps....

posted on 04 May 2011, 17:13

5. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Black berry, We want a RIM/Android hybrid PHONE not a tablet.

posted on 04 May 2011, 20:59

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


RIM has so plans on using QNX on bb any time soon according to rumors, sometimes i wonder it it will get pass the playbook

posted on 05 May 2011, 21:16

10. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Now if handsets would run the whole OS, I'd be interested in blackberries, lol

posted on 05 May 2011, 21:17

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


maybe a hack cud do it... but hoestly why? the only good thing about anroid is the apps, qnx is way better...

posted on 06 May 2011, 00:24 1

12. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


well that's to be seen, but right now the apps, the web browsing, customization, more fun, etc. are hands down on androids side, the only thing blackberry has is the email over Android and that's about it, when QNX finally makes it to phones, Android will be more advanced.

posted on 06 May 2011, 07:17

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if they have plans on getting it into phones... they worked on the new version of bbos

posted on 06 May 2011, 13:45 1

14. vollick11 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Jan 2011)


Rim is ridiculous. There products are consistently under par. There app store is a joke. They need to use other platforms app stores just to make there product decent. Please don't try to say "Well there obviously good because like 30 percent of the smart phone population has one" that doesn't mean anything. All there phones have terrible hardware. Yes, this does have a duel core, im well aware of all the hardware, but there software will slow it down anyway. They have the worst software on mobile devices, FACT.

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