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BlackBerry to Update BB10 Android Runtime to Jelly Bean

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Top message:  is this good news? by dadayk12   Feb 5, 2013, 6:41 PM

Replying to:  Re: is this good news? by Vmac39   Feb 5, 2013, 7:18 PM

Re: is this good news?

by Zpike    Feb 6, 2013, 3:49 PM

>>But, doesn't this just solidify Android as being the end all solution for mobile? In my opinion, this is like BlackBerry saying, we can't beat them, so lets find ways to use their apps, instead of actually promoting developers to develop for their OS. I don't like the idea that everything seems to have to revolve around Android or iOS.

A couple of points.

First, Android is a derivative work of Linux. And BB10 is a derivative work of Android, much like Ubuntu is a derivative work of Debian. So, really what you're starting to see is the emergence of a strong Linux ecosystem in the Smart Phone world. But not many people would argue that this is a bad thing. Contrarily, most would argue that this demonstrates the power and diversity of an open system.

Second, many of the new features of BB10 sound appealing. I don't know if that's enough to switch. But I'm certainly glad to know that if I decide to, I will likely be able to have the same apps that I already use. In the physical world, when you talk about portability you usually mean something small that you can take around with you wherever you go. But in the software world, we mean the ability to move your data and programs into another environment and have it all still work. It's only natural that the two concepts of portability should converge on Smart Phones - the ultimate portable devices running what may become the ultimate portable software.

So, it's not so much that everything revolves around iOS or Android as it is that open systems are winning the war on our portable devices. And I think that's a good thing.

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