BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android apps, RIM rep proclaims [video]

By on February 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook will support Android apps, RIM rep proclaims [video]

BGR exclusively reported in January that Research in Motion was hard at work trying to add support for Android applications to the BlackBerry PlayBook and its QNX-based OS. The move would be a major one, as access to the second-largest mobile development ecosystem would give RIM’s new platform a huge jump in the all-important app game. Since our initial exclusive report, we’ve seen strikingly similar claims emerge as well as purported news of an Android app running on multiple BlackBerry smartphones. Now, a RIM representative has apparently been caught on video saying “we will also support Android apps when we release the Dalvik engine on top of QNX,” while showing off a PlayBook. Oops. The newly uncovered video was filmed at Mobile World Congress earlier this month and while we can’t quite call it an official confirmation from RIM, it certainly seems to substantiate our report. Though the RIM representative mentioned Dalvik, conflicting reports have stated that RIM won’t end up using the Dalvik engine, but rather a different option. The PlayBook video can be found after the jump, with the quote in question coming shortly after the 0:14 mark. More →

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New evidence of Android apps running on BlackBerry phones emerges

By on February 24, 2011 at 3:04 PM.

New evidence of Android apps running on BlackBerry phones emerges

Mobile app developer ShopSavvy reports that its Android application has recently been tested on multiple BlackBerry devices. BGR exclusively reported last month that RIM may be working on a solution that would allow Android apps to run on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Now, it appears as though RIM may be doing more extensive testing with Android apps that may move beyond the PlayBook tablet or even the QNX platform. According to ShapSavvy’s analytics data, as tracked by Flurry, the following devices accessed its servers while running the ShopSavvy app for Android:

  • BlackBerry 8300 ran ShopSavvy on January 31, 2011
  • BlackBerry 8600 ran ShopSavvy on January 17 and 24, 2011
  • BlackBerry 8520 ran ShopSavvy on February 7, 2011

We’re not sure why these old devices would be used for testing, but we have a feeling this picture will get a bit clearer in the coming weeks and months. Also of note: according to geographic data contained within the logs, ShopSavvy says these hits came from Waterloo, Ontario in Canada — where RIM is headquartered. More →

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Bloomberg: BlackBerry PlayBook to run Android apps

By on February 10, 2011 at 5:50 PM.

Bloomberg: BlackBerry PlayBook to run Android apps

We independently confirmed it with multiple sources of ours when we broke the news back in January, and today, Bloomberg has chimed in with multiple sources of its own claiming that the BlackBerry PlayBook will indeed run Android applications. We reported that the PlayBook might run the Java VM Dalvik, but later received information that RIM might be looking for other options. Bloomberg has reported that RIM won’t be using Dalvik, but is looking elsewhere. With this news and RIM’s recent strategic moves, we can confidently say that we’re incredibly excited about the future prospects for Research In Motion — and the ability to run over 130,000 Android applications on our BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBooks, of course. More →

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Exclusive: BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones to run Android apps?

By on January 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones to run Android apps?

As crazy as that sounds, we have been told by multiple trusted sources that RIM is seriously considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps. Here is what we know… Research In Motion has been trying to figure out the path it wants to take as far as how the existing Java environment will work on its upcoming QNX tablet and smartphones. The company has publicly stated that it is looking at getting a Java virtual machine running on the PlayBook  — not so much for app development going forward, but for legacy support, custom apps corporations have deployed and don’t want to recreate, etc — but RIM hasn’t yet decided what kind of Java VM it will use. Hit the break for the rest! More →

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