BlackBerry, PlayBook to run Android apps?

Research In Motion is reportedly pondering a scheme where BlackBerry and PlayBook devices would run Android apps.

Research In Motion is reportedly pondering a scheme where BlackBerry and PlayBook devices would run Android apps.

A Boy Genius report notes:

We have been told RIM is very much considering the Dalvik virtual machine, and we ultimately expect the company to choose Dalvik. If that sounds familiar to you, it's because it's the same [virtual machine] that the Android OS uses, and it would allow RIM's PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform.

In a nutshell, RIM would leverage the Android app market and developer ecosystem. For RIM, that Android solution beats building your own app ecosystem.

Telsyte research director Foad Fadaghi predicted that RIM and other players would use virtualisation to run Android apps earlier this month, while also predicting a large increase in install base in Android.

Via ZDNet US

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