More Sources Confirm BlackBerry PlayBook Running Android Apps

BlackBerry PlayBook Android
We had heard a rumour the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would be able to run Android apps by using the same version of the Dalvik virtual machine as Google’s operating system. Now three more supposedly trusted sources are confirming that it’s real, and should be made available to PlayBook owners in the second half of the year, though the interoperability will be through something other than Dalvik. The idea isn’t so far-fetched; one software developer is already offering software called Alien Dalvik, which will let Android apps run on Maemo.
The BlackBerry PlayBook on its own will run a brand new operating system based on QNX, which is built for stability, multitasking, and multimedia. It also has the architecture in place to support multiple development environments, which already spans Adobe AIR, WebWorks, and native C++, and will eventually include Java ME so old BlackBerry smartphone apps will be able to run on it. That being said, it’s not a big surprise that it’s technically possible to get Android apps running on the PlayBook, but the fact that RIM is planning to openly embrace what has until now been a competing platform is still a little unexpected. Android has a huge stockpile of apps that’s beginning to rival the iPhone App Store, which RIM would be smart to make use of, since their own BlackBerry App World still has comparatively slim pickings for smartphones, nevermind tablets running a brand new OS.
Hardware-wise, the PlayBook should be able to handle running Android apps just fine. It’s got a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and 3 megapixel front-facing camera, HDMI-out to shunt video out to your TV, ship in 16, 32, and 64 GB storage options, and come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Cost is expected to start at $499, and launching by the end of March, with 3G and 4G versions launching later on. Until then you’ll be able to tether to a BlackBerry smartphone for 3G connectivity, but similar tethering will be necessity if you want access to native PIM apps like e-mail and calendar. Take a look at our hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook for the full tour.

BlackBerrys running Android, Nokia phones running Windows, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria – it’s a crazy age we’re living in.

[via Bloomberg]


  • Anonymous

    google and blackberry should team up!!! it be good for blackberry

  • Anonymous

    Come to Intomobile and observe:
    1) They buy into the Elop mumbojumbo covering only 3 OSs iOS, Android and Windows. get serious! Various cool new playook vids on other sites and what’s on here? A report from 4 days ago.

    Did SS get fired??

  • desbest

    Blackberries running Android is the worst thing to happen to Blackberry, EVER!
    Blackberry is a niche market, business people, and more recently, young people with a social life. When Blackberry embraces Android, they get rid of the niche, and lose their cult following.

    • Dsfsu

      no, this only expands their target market. alot of people are leaving the BB because of its lack of features. With this, they now have the BBnetwork + tons of apps….. i doubt they will lose their cult following, only grow it.

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