Android Copyright Found Inside Leaked BlackBerry OS 7 – But Why?


A leaked copy of BlackBerry OS 7 ( to be exact) has been making its way around the internets and someone with a very keen perception to detail, actually took the time to read through the copyrights found within. What did they find? Well, apparently RIM felt the need to give credit to the Android Open Source Project. Wait- what?

Now, let me stop you right there. Don’t confuse BlackBerry OS 7 for the QNX OS running on the BlackBerry Playbook. They are entirely different operating systems and I know this would make a lot more sense if BB OS 7 was QNX seeing how its been long announced that it will feature the ability to play Android apps via a handy app player.

So what exactly is going on here? No one knows for certain. Its obvious BlackBerry OS 7 is taking something from Android but that’s all we can be sure at this moment. I’ll turn this to our always sensible and knowledgeable readers. You guys have any idea what could be going on here? Chime in below.

[BerryReview via PocketNow]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Fonts..

    They used font from the Android Open Source font library.


    1. Well, that was unclimactic o_o

      1. anticlimactic

          1. So, what’s the symbology there?

          2. haha unclimatic? symbology? c’mon people, I know you’re smarter than that….

          3. I’m sure the word you were looking for was symbolism. syyymmmbolism

          4. Carl, was that a Boondock Saints reference by any chance?

      2. Well to be honest, that’s why we never posted it on CrackBerry. it was pointed out the day the OS was leaked and when we looked into it, that’s all that was noticeable as reason for it being there.

        Could it be for something else? Possibly — but if it is, it’s not in that build of the OS and certainly not in any of the code from it. The font is the only apparent reason for it to be there.

        1. Damn, Bla1ze! What a Buzzkill! :D

    2. wrong license.

  2. It would be great if Android apps could be used on BB.

    1. That is coming with the QNX models.

    2. Someone mentioned this with WebOS. Now that I think about it thats not a bad idea.

      If I could use all the Android apps I use now on WebOS I wouldnt mind getting a Touchpad.

  3. Chavez, I +mentioned you the other day on G+ with this message

    relating to this Phandroid article


    I think Blackberry may be starting to pursue a dual strategy with one of those having “android inside”

    PS Disqus captcha s^cks

    1. you think they’re going to do a dual strategy all because RIM used an android font? wow man, that’s a hell of a stretch.

  4. Man RIM should just switch it up, make their phones Android, and add the Blackberry specific stuff as a custom skin, or just as Blackberry only Apps.

  5. Android on bb would be great

  6. While I agree it would be interesting to see a Blackberry run Android, you also need to take account for most blackberry screen sizes. Even the latest blackberry the Bold 9900 only sports a 2.8 inch screen, and while it does in deed offer touch screen capabilities I couldn’t imagine using pinch-zoom on a screen that small, or using some Android apps on a screen of that size. Look at the HTC Cha Cha (facebook phone). It got criticized in just about every review for its small screen. I think 3.5 inches should be the bare minimum requirements for a screen size running Android.

  7. They’re using the dalvik-cache the way Android uses it in their devices.

  8. @Carl, lol

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