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Android Apps Coming to MeeGo At MWC 2011

Feb 9 2011, 12:33pm CST | by , in News | Android

Android Apps Coming to MeeGo At MWC 2011
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Could the App Market open up to BlackBerry and MeeGo?

Remember that crazy rumor at the end of last month about the PlayBook and future QNX Blackberries using Android apps? That was felt to be possible because RIM was investigating the Dalvik virtual engine for use. Now news has surfaced that Alien Dalvik will be unveiled at MWC 2011. This new VM will enable Android apps for MeeGo.

And Dalvik won't stop there. They plan to follow up with versions specific to other operating systems. With a jailbroken iPhone or WP7 device, you may soon be able to access and use Android applications. But there are deeper implications to this technology than more fun for the folks who hack their phones.

It may be telling that the first iteration of Alien Dalvik is focused on bringing Android apps to MeeGo. Today brought the probable death of MeeGo smartphones. I speculated earlier that this might be the first step towards a new Nokia strategy, to be announced this Friday: MeeGo for tablets and WP7 for smartphones.

Mutterings that RIM might just be in talks with Google over the App Store popped up as soon as the company started to sniff around Dalvik.

Perhaps MeeGo's greatest weakness (other than being terribly late) is its crippling lack of developers and apps. But a MeeGo tablet with access to Android applications would be in a much stronger position. If Google is willing to share with RIM, why wouldn't they do the same with Nokia?

Neither company is in direct competition with Google, who couldn't help but benefit from increased app sales and a big potential for search engine deals. Pie in the sky? Sure. But certainly possible. Anyone else excited for Nokia's big Friday announcement?

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