RIM Eying Android Apps for Its PlayBook
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Feb 10, 2011, 3:57 PM by Eric M. Zeman
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.
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