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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.

Thanks, Luke


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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