February 28, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
A few days ago, Andrew reported that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet might be able to run Android apps when it’s released. Anonymous sources claimed RIM was working on a virtual machine that would enable this, and later the developer ShopSavvy discovered something curious in its logs: a series of old BlackBerry devices had been running the company’s Android app.
Now further (circumstantial) evidence has surfaced that the BlackBerry PlayBook indeed will support Android applications. There were of course plenty of demos during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this month, and some of them showed the PlayBook. During one of these demos, an RIM representative casually stated that “we’ll also support Android apps.” This can be heard about 14 seconds into the video below. It’s not proof – but where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
For RIM to support Android apps on its own mobile platforms may seem strange, but it might be what the company needs in order to remain competitive in a world taken over by Google’s OS. Perhaps it will be enough to convince some of the Blackberry users that currently consider getting an Android device instead to remain loyal?
Do you think adding support for Android apps on its mobile devices would be a smart move by RIM?