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BlackBerry PlayBook & New BlackBerries To Use Android Apps?

Jan 26 2011, 12:31pm CST | by , in Rumors | Tablets

BlackBerry PlayBook & New BlackBerries To Use Android Apps?
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No freaking way.

Go into your kitchen. Gather the largest quantity of salt possible. Inhale every last milligram of it. Then come back and read this rumor.

The PlayBook- and future BlackBerry smartphones- may support Android apps and the App Market.

As with any hysterical rumor, there's a solid nugget of truth buried in all the crazy. BGR reports that RIM is looking to get a Java virtual machine for the PlayBook in order to provide legacy support.

One specific engine under consideration is Dalvik, and that seems to be the one most likely to be chosen. If this happens, it opens up the potential for the PlayBook to run Android apps. This doesn't mean that it ever actually will, but RIM could conceivably reach some sort of agreement with Google.

It would be one of the wiser moves that company has made in the recent past. Their new line of smartphones are just depressing. Especially considering the PlayBook's fantastic potential. And the potential of future QNX phones.

But would Google ever go for it?

Opening up the App Market to BlackBerry would be one hell of a validation of the open source philosophy. Google tends to water that philosophy down quite a lot, so there's more reason to doubt this rumor than to believe it.

It's nice to dream, though.

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