BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

Summary:In something of a confusing announcement, RIM says that the newest version of its BlackBerry OS won't feature support for Flash and Android apps - functionality that the company bills as pivotal to its PlayBook tablet.

While the past two days have been full of promising news for RIM and its line of gadgets, a recent bit of news from the company is less positive.

In a perplexing announcement, RIM says that BlackBerry 7 phones like the recently-announced BlackBerry Bold won't support Android Apps. Perplexing is the right word here because RIM is currently working on bringing that very same functionality to its PlayBook tablet.

RIM is also nixing Flash support for BlackBerry OS 7, PC Mag reports. Instead, the company is focused on getting that functionality on QNX web browser. As PC Mag points out, this is in spite of the fact that the Bold 9900's processor meets the required hardware specifications for Flash. Flash support for BlackBerry phones, then, won't arrive until RIM rolls out a QNX-based mobile OS.

By dropping both features, RIM may further fears that its BlackBerry OS will be left behind as developers flock to the Android and iOS platforms. At this rate, RIM may lose customers as well.

Topics: BlackBerry, Android, Apps, iOS, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Security, Smartphones, Tablets

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Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

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