BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

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.

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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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  • I wish I shorted RIMM a couple of weeks ago.

    This is a perfect example of a slow-motion train-wreck. This guy nailed it [b]last year[/b], http://mobileopportunity.blogspot.com/2010/10/whats-really-wrong-with-blackberry-and.html
    matthew_maurice
  • RE: BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

    wow... my recent excitement for the newly announced Blackberry phones just flew out the window.
    waiting4rim2catchup
    • RE: BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

      @waiting4rim2catchup Same here
      ashishrajarora
  • RIM should dump OS7

    and adopt Android and FOSS.
    Flash is cooked anyway but Android apps is what people need.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

      @Linux Geek

      Well you almost got it right, but no need to go backwards when BB could adopt Wp7.
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  • ... and it will make Bing the search engine of choice, mmm?

    I suspect the long arm of Microsoft in this. It won't matter in the long term, since most analyst predict RIM will be a player behind iOS, Android and WP7.

    Of course, there's Halon's Razor, viz.: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
    BanjoPaterson
  • RE: BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

    Not news. RIM always said QNX would be what does all this. You all must not have paid attention. OS7 is still Java ME. OS8 will be QNX for phones. And since the PlayBook does mobile Flash better than ANY platform, and RIM showed off its Android player, um just *today*, that is all consistent.

    Why is it news that an OS that was never mentioned to run Android or Flash is now pan for not being slated to do so?

    I mean unless you thought OS7 was the QNX OS? RIM clearly stated recently that what was to be OS 6.1 is now called OS7. Again, journalists should be paying attention to all that.
    southlander
    • RE: BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

      @southlander It's terribly sad! JavaME is a joke and belongs only on dumbphones (read feature phones) I know on some platforms it's included but never standalone... So what's all the extra specs for anyway? Games? I doubt anyone would spend the time coding or even porting for OS7 when it can't be put on the older BBs and won't be put on the future ones... RIM seems to be totally lost here.
      Jon Hubert Bristol
      • RE: BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

        @Jon Hubert Bristol RIM built a multi billion dollar empire in part on what you call a "joke". That fact alone proves Java ME is fine for what it has done.
        southlander
  • RE: BlackBerry OS 7 won't support Android apps or Flash

    You guys are nuts. This phone is looking pretty damn awesome. A pixel density approaching retina display type resolution, a classic bold form factor with a touch screen, seriously meaty internals, the ability leverage all of the legacy RIM apps.

    I can't imagine the first iteration of an android emulator working well on a screen with non-standard android resolution, in a brand new OS. I'll take the RIM app library please. No flash is somewhat of a bummer, but if that is the only negative.... I'll probably be turning in my HTC Incredible.

    Go watch the video at crackberry... the OS looks great as well.
    youngmaester@...
    • Awesome!

      Hi ?youngmaester?,

      Alex from RIM here. Appreciate your thoughts. BlackBerry 7 certainly has its advantages, including powering an improved browser, multi-touch capability, voice-activated searches, as well as the ability to manage and keep separate your personal and corporate content. It also brings to life Near Field Communications, Augmented Reality and HD video, not to mention that eye-popping 287 dpi display.

      This video from BlackBerry World (http://bbry.lv/iN8a2l) shows the new BlackBerry Bold in action ? check it out when you get a chance.

      Cheers,
      Alex, RIM Social Media Team
      alexkinsella
  • Flash is almost irrelevant now

    I have an iPad, surf the web a lot, and probably can't see a small portion of 1% of sites. Video has gone to h.264/mp4/html5. Flash sucks on my Mac Pro, it freezes on Safari, Firefox, even Chrome. Happy to send you screen shots. Jobs was right to keep it off iOS. Please kill it for good! Insult me all you want, it still will suck.
    keel
  • It doesn't run iOS apps, either

    <ul><i>In a perplexing announcement, RIM says that BlackBerry 7 phones like the recently-announced BlackBerry Bold won?t support Android Apps.</i></ul>
    How "perplexing" could this have been to someone who didn't expect that affixing a Blackberry label on a smartphone would make it run linux apps?<p>
    Do any of the current Blackberry phones run Android apps? Do any Blackberry customers expect them to?<p>
    One of the happy qualities of QNX is that it is POSIX compliant, which means that one ought to be able to get Android apps to run on it, some of them perhaps without even much tweaking.<p>
    Next we'll have an article saying that Nokia's Symbian phones won't run WP7 apps.

    None of this is meant to suggest that RIM is doing anything other than feeding their dogs the dogfood they have on hand until they can make more of the new stuff. Yep, that's what they're doing, and they hope it works. Maybe it will. It's pretty much the same thing Nokia is doing.
    Robert Hahn
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