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Android apps may reach BlackBerry handsets as well as PlayBook

Evidence emerges of testing that may solve RIM's application worries

By MARK JONES

Published: 25 February, 2011

READ MORE: US | Research In Motion | Applications | Handset | Tablet

It has been reported by app developer ShopSavvy that an upcoming Android application it has created has been tested on a number of BlackBerry handsets. This intriguing news comes not long after rumours that RIM were considering making its PlayBook tablet compatible with Android applications. Some were skeptical at the news but this is further proof that RIM is working on a radical solution to its lack of Apps.

Apart from the fact that it doesn't run Android the PlayBook is a promising tablet in every other respect with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a competitive price tag. As RIM has shown with its failure to attract the same amount of developers to its BlackBerry OS as Android and even Windows Phone 7 has the chances of the PlayBook of being popular with consumers and businesses users will be limited by its number of apps. The last official milestone to be announced for its app world was 10,000 compared to Android which has ten times that amount in its store.


It is not known how RIM is getting the Android apps to run on its handsets but it was said that they were experimenting with the Dalvik Virtual Machine which would allow the PlayBook to run the applications.

Three models of BlackBerry phone have been found to be used for the testing including the BlackBerry 8300, BlackBerry 8600 and Blackberry 8250. The fact that tests can be traced back to Waterloo, Ontario where RIM is based supports the idea the phone maker is in fact working to get Android apps on its phones.

The PlayBook looks set to be released in March and even if doesn't come with access to Android apps is still expected to sell 3m units by the end of February 2012. The coming weeks should yield more information on what exactly is going with RIM and its attempts to harness the power of Google's Android apps.

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