RIM Eying Android Apps for Its PlayBook
According to sources cited by BusinessWeek, Research In Motion is planning to allow applications developed for Google's Android platform to run on its PlayBook tablet. The move would give the PlayBook access to the 130,000 applications in the Android Market, which is well above and beyond the 20,000 available in RIM's BlackBerry App World. From RIM's perspective, this makes the PlayBook more appealing to consumers. RIM did not comment on the story, but BusinessWeek's sources indicated that RIM will not use the Google Dalvik engine to run the Java apps on top of QNX. RIM is developing the necessary software internally, and may add this functionality to the PlayBook as early as the second half of this year.
Android Apps Headed to Google's Chromebooks
Google today said its Chrome operating system will soon have access to the Google Play Store and the Android apps therein. ChromeOS will support all Android phone and tablet apps, including games, productivity apps, and social networking.
Android Instant Apps Let Apps Run Even When Not Installed
Google today showed off what it calls Android Instant Apps. The idea here is to allow people to access content that's buried within apps that are not installed on their phone.
Google's Redesigned Google News App Reaches iPhones
Google's overhauled version of Google News is now available to iPhones and iPads via the iTunes App Store. The new version of the app uses machine learning to personalize the experience for each user.
Google Brings Standalone Apps to Android Wear 1.0 Hardware
Google this week updated some of its Play Store policies that will improve the availability of apps for older Android-based smartwatches. Specifically, Google has made multi-APK apps available to Android Wear 1.0 devices.
BlackBerry Weighing Move to Android
BlackBerry is considering whether or not to make a smartphone based on Google's Android platform rather than its own operating system, reports Reuters. Citing sources familiar with BlackBerry's plans, Reuters says the company is working on a slider handset that would have a touch screen and a slide-out physical keyboard for typing.
Then again, what else can they really do?