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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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Feb 10, 2011, 4:04 PM

Good move

RIM definitely needs to expand their app market (especially for free apps). I just hope that the Alien Dalvik project isn't open sourced or else RIM is probably just going to steal it and claim credit. Lets hope that RIM is more classy than that.
It's an even better move for Nokia. I have an N900 and I am desperately awaiting this so I can use all of the Android apps that my mom is using on her Vibrant on my amazing and aged device.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXWEyKjwk2g »
There's LOTS AND LOTS of money to be made off of hosting an app store. Google gets what 30% of every app that's sold on their market? RIM will miss out on big profits from this move.

Then again, what else can they really do?
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