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RIM to allow Android apps on BlackBerry devices?

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RIM to allow Android apps on BlackBerry devices?
According to more than one trusted source over at BGR, Canadian manufacturer RIM is about to make a move that could allow certain BlackBerry devices to run Android apps. According to the report, RIM is looking at having a Java based Virtual Machine added to its QNX flavored BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and smartphones. The reason wouldn't be for development of apps, but to support custom apps that corporations are using but do not want to rewrite, among other things.

The main part of this story is that RIM is considering using the Dalvik VM which is the same virtual machine used by-guess who-the Android OS. This would mean that if RIM goes with this scenario, mostly any Android app written for Google's open source OS would be able to be played on a QNX flavored BlackBerry tablet or phone.

According to BGR, there are two forks in the road and RIM can take one or the other. The turn to the left involves RIM using the Dalvik VM (which is also open source) without Google's blessing. The other road leads to talks between RIM and Google with both sides shaking hands on a deal that would make all of this "official" and could lead to the latter's official support of installing Android apps on QNX devices, including the Android Market.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. The BlackBerry PlayBook has received something of a nice buzz after the CES and adding the ability to load it up with apps developed for Android could only help. And it all could lead to a decision to speed up the development and production of QNX flavored BlackBerry handsets which certainly could shake up the cellphone market.

source: BGR

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posted on 26 Jan 2011, 14:37

1. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


i dont think i know enough about this. so what they would download the apk file to their computer and upload it to the blackberry? i dont know if customers r willing to search for those files online, or where they even are, if they are stable, ect. also y would google give the competitor they have been smashing into the ground direct access into their market (their biggest advantage)? they want those BB customer to go to android, not hang onto the RIM hardware....or since its the ads they make so much off of on the free apps y not do it? i know they make apps for apple too, but this looks more like a huge boost to RIM and a kinda "eh" for google.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 15:05 1

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Google wont loose much but gain giving the BB users access to heir market means the adds they get their funds from and rim wont get a penny from Google... now they might be willing to trade something too....

also this is only for QNX and not BlackBerry in general.... so if the app store for blackberries is really low.... think about the one for QNX... you cant sell a playbook that cant play.

now also in other rumors its said that the famous BB messenger will be available for android too witch is a reason for bb users to use

also bb users dont move to android just for the apps, they also want

-bigger screen
-more MP on camera-
-better screen images
-better video playback
-fairly better browser experience
-more social integration

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 16:58 2

6. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


YES! give android bbm so bb gets the marketplace and all the other advantages. i still miss bbm. kik is ok, but bbm is still waaay better. that would b epic. while they're at it maybe android can weasel into the email client relationships RIM has. Push email is always better than having to pull it, and is also y a lot of my friends wont leave BB behind

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 15:13

3. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


If you cant beat em, join um

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 15:54

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


with crazy stuff happening I wont doubt rim using a customized version of android themselves and dividing their lineup in two business(more secure) user and regular user(more fun) something with the the word android and blackberry could lift some eyebrows up

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 17:50

8. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I honestly hate the fact that Android can just be thrown on anything and everything. I like the OS but I think im gonna trade my X in for am iP4

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 16:27

15. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


so u dont like ur X now because you can use android on too much stuff? god knows id rather have to learn a whole new OS everytime i buy something i want to use.

Im kinda tired of this whole reading thing. im sick of how the words look the same on the web as they do in books. we need to start writing in arabic.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 16:43 1

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


BlackBerry/android hybrid :D ios and symbian killah

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 00:51

11. thatdude1 (unregistered)


I like BlackBerry, but a BlackBerry/Android hybrid will not kill Symbian.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 03:41 2

13. Pavan (unregistered)


Correct I agree. Because, Symbian is already dead :p

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 17:21

7. shannbholla (unregistered)


I think this is a bad very bad idea. Now Blackberrys are gonna be freeze'n up and getting hacked!!!!

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 20:30 1

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


when have they stopped doing that?

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 03:29

12. markj73 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


Yea I remember the Storm, used to seem more like a "Hail Storm" LOL frozen all the time lol

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 18:12 2

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


first sign that Blackberry is gonna go Android one day, just wait and see.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 10:44

14. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


reason bb's freeze is because people don't have the common knowledge to turn their damn phones off once in a while. smartphones (esp bbs) are like computers...run them too long and they start to mess up without a restart. And in my many years of being a cell phone technician, i've never seen a BB been hacked. BB is not going to go android, trust, there are many reasons behind that. sometimes i don't understand people's views or opinions or what facts they're based upon...but thats what makes these forums so hilarious. and then ya'll call technical help through your provider when something goes wrong....definitely hilarious

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 16:34

16. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


i agree with u on a lot of that. still, we put a man on the friggin moon over 40 years ago but i need to do a daily battery pull on my phone? i can leave my tv on all day gettig singals from all over the world but my phone needs to have its power supply ripped out

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