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BlackBerry to run Android apps

Canadian mobile device manufacturer Research In Motion has revealed the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to run Google Mobile OS based applications.

There will be two optional application players available at the launch of the PlayBook, the first of which will be able to run BlackBerry Java items and the other allows Android apps to be run on the tablet.

25,000 BlackBerry Java apps can be run on the RIM tablet, along with 200,000 Android apps whilst there are many more being developed all the time.

BlackBerry’s PlayBook and operating system is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture, where the hardware is based around a dual-core 1GHz processor.

Developers will be able to repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World where once they’re approved, the apps will be distributed through the RIM application software repository.

This now allows for a much wider array of applications to be used on the BlackBerry tablet, which will included for the first time ever Google’s mobile phone platform too.

The Java and Android app players will be available from the BlackBerry App World, although there’s no news whether future RIM devices might be able to utilise the this new development but One Mobile Ring expects this isn't the last we'll be hearing of the RIM app players.

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Rob Kerr
Rob Kerr

Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.