More Sources Say BlackBerry PlayBook to Get Android Apps, but not with Dalvik

It looks like those rumors about the BlackBerry Playbook coming ready to run Android apps are getting some weight behind them, only now whispers are leaning towards the functionality being officially implemented by RIM rather than as a side-effect of the tablet utilizing the Dalvik Java Virtual Machine. This new information actually goes against that idea, stating the PlayBook won’t even employ Dalvik due to the current legal battle between Oracle and Google. Rather, RIM has been working in-house on a way to bring the ability to run Android apps on the PlayBook.

While the PlayBook will be available this quarter, the ability to play nice with Android won’t come until the second half of the year. We have to wonder if Google is privy to these plans or if RIM is using Android’s openness as leeway to snatch up Android applications without fear of reprieve from the owner of the mobile platform.

It raises an interesting question: if the same apps are available on both ecosystems, does it suddenly make the PlayBook an appealing option for even the most die-hard Android fans?  Or are the apps just a small portion of what makes Android great. After seeing Honeycomb, I’m going with the latter option.

[via Bloomsberg]

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  • ari-free

    if you are an Android developer, it is certainly good news to be able to develop your apps for Android and have them run on one of the most important players. And if it is officially supported by RIM then that’s even better. It could eventually lead to RIM adopting android for all its phones.

  • lambarr

    The die-hard Android fans will obviously stay with an Android device. However, this is for current Blackberry users and potential future Smartphone buyers who will look around and see that there’s a platform that may have the best of both worlds.

  • fusion44

    As long as I can use all Google Services like calendar, mail and contacts sync, I’m really not bound to Android. If I can use my Apps from Android its even better. I wish HP would adopt Android apps for WebOS, in my opinion the only real alternative to a heavy Google user.

  • Len

    This is really the best thing for all. An application “standard” that is not tied to any one OS. Similar to Adobe’s AIR but open source.

    This is good for BlackBerry as it gives their hardware access to a huge selection of Apps off the get go. Their money is made mostly through hardware, bis and business services, not so much in apps.

    This is also good for Google as they are the key masters to the Market Place and AdMob.

    And, obviously great for users as choice is always good for us.

  • Ross

    Is that guy giving the camera the finger?

  • Chris93036

    he is! lol. and 7 inches now looks too small for me. i dont know now. but im getting the ipad 2 with my credit card!! i cant hate apple if i havent tried their OS. and ill get the xoom later.