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Bloomberg: RIM to Put Android Apps on PlayBook

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Who needs BlackBerry's App World when you have the Android Marketplace?

Last month we heard rumors that Research In Motion could be working towards making its devices Android app-compatible because of a desire to accommodate the existing Java environment on its upcoming QNX devices. Back then, the company was said to be considering getting a Java VM running on the PlayBook, and though the specific VM had yet to be decided, sources said RIM was looking at Dalvik -- the same VM the Android OS uses. However, more recent rumors suggest that while RIM is trying to get Android apps onto the PlayBook, it won’t be via Dalvik.

Bloomberg cites no less than three people familiar with the matter in reporting that RIM is working on a software that would allow PlayBook users access to Android’s 130,000 applications. The sources say that following an initial search outside RIM, the software is now being developed in-house and is expected to be ready in the second half of this year. Dalvik was an option at one point, but an ongoing patent dispute between Oracle and Google put the brakes on that.

Having the perks of BlackBerry (such as BBM and extremely stable corporate email) on a device capable of running all the available Android OS apps could be extremely beneficial for RIM, which has struggled to enter the more casual or personal smartphone market. When rumors of such a thing first arose, you guys expressed a great interest and it was hailed as ‘the best of both worlds’ by several commenters. Would you ditch your current tablet for a BlackBerry-enabled one with Android apps? Let us know!

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    AndrewMD , February 12, 2011 2:52 AM
    Okay, didn't Palm try this with iTunes and basically pissed off Apple. RIM needs to make a decision on where they want to be. If it is a hardware vendor like Nokia/Microsoft or a Hardware/Software vendor. Also, who is going to support this? If someone loads an Android app on their Playbook and it does not work, who will they turn to?
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    joytech22 , February 12, 2011 2:55 AM
    Since I don't own a decent tablet to start with, I'll be keeping my eye on this, there are tons of tablets coming out this year and I want to compare them before making a final snap decision.
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    LuckyDucky7 , February 12, 2011 3:40 AM
    Great! If they expand this to their other smartphones, it gives many people a reason to buy one.

    I certainly hope, though, that apps running in a VM are as good as running them on a native Android device.

    Either way, it's still good news.
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    icemunk , February 12, 2011 11:36 AM
    Sounds good to me! Hopefully they expand this to their smartphones soon too. Blackberry made-in-america quality, along with BBM, secure corporate email, and the fun of having android apps tool. Thats definetely a win-win situation
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    reconviperone1 , February 12, 2011 1:21 PM
    I so want the playbook or Hp web os tablet, the ipad and android just dont do it for me in tablet form
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    waylander , February 12, 2011 3:20 PM
    icemunkSounds good to me! Hopefully they expand this to their smartphones soon too. Blackberry made-in-america quality, along with BBM, secure corporate email, and the fun of having android apps tool. Thats definetely a win-win situation


    Ummm... no offence but you do realize that RIM is a Canadian company right?
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    fonzy , February 12, 2011 4:14 PM
    They need a 10 inch version.
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    elkein , February 12, 2011 11:01 PM
    waylanderUmmm... no offence but you do realize that RIM is a Canadian company right?


    Ummm... no offence but you do realize that Canada in in North America, his statement is accurate.
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    The_Prophecy , February 12, 2011 11:45 PM
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    Ummm... no offence but you do realize that Canada in in North America, his statement is accurate.


    Pretty sure that any time someone says or makes reference to "made-in-America quality" they mean the United States. Otherwise they would say "made-in-North-America quality" :) . Stop lumping Canada in with the United States. Last time I checked a map, they were separate nations.
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    elkein , February 12, 2011 11:54 PM
    I'm making no assumptions, I'm a US citizen and would make that very clear, "American" just has never cut it for me, there is a distinction use it. Just like Ford is an "American" car, often made in Mexico.
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    southernshark , February 13, 2011 5:18 AM
    I have no problem buying from Canadians or any other country with fair labor standards and adequate environmental regulations (such as the nations in the EU, Canada, Australia, NZ, SA, Japan, South Korea, etc....). I do have a problem buying from a country without those basic protections for the middle class, which unfortunately includes Mexico (and China obviously).

    That said, I wish they would make a 10" model or better yet a 14" model.

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    mordac35 , February 13, 2011 5:57 AM
    That would seal the deal for me. That is, if it is true. This is the only brand my company will support. I just hope they get the price right.
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    electric00 , February 13, 2011 11:03 AM
    that`s smart decision !!! Android creates apps and RIM use them !!!
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    techguy378 , February 14, 2011 8:21 AM
    Why is RIM so worried about Dalvik? There's nothing illegal about it. It's as legal as the reverse engineered Phoenix BIOS was back in the day. RIM would have had absolutely nothing to fear by using it. Oracle's lawsuit is totally baseless.
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    icemunk , February 14, 2011 10:46 AM
    Yeah I meant North American. One thing I like about RIM is that they provide high paying jobs throughout North America, and don't outsource a whole lot to China. I can't say the same about Apple, HTC and other big phone manufacturers.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , February 14, 2011 3:38 PM
    This is probably the best option for RIM to stay relevent. Once they open this door, there's no changing their mind otherwise they'll get user backlash.
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    techguy378 , February 14, 2011 5:18 PM
    icemunkYeah I meant North American. One thing I like about RIM is that they provide high paying jobs throughout North America, and don't outsource a whole lot to China. I can't say the same about Apple, HTC and other big phone manufacturers.

    Yeah, but the stuff coming from China is a whole lot cooler. It's taken RIM this long to come out with a good product and they still don't have a phone that even begins to compare to the Chinese iPhone and Android phones currently available in the USA.
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    icemunk , February 15, 2011 7:22 PM
    techguy378Yeah, but the stuff coming from China is a whole lot cooler. It's taken RIM this long to come out with a good product and they still don't have a phone that even begins to compare to the Chinese iPhone and Android phones currently available in the USA.



    I beg to differ, but I'm more the business/work/play user rather than a fan boy or trendy dude.