Aug 24 AT 2:19 PM Dustin Earley 16 Comments

New QNX BlackBerry phones to be Android app compatible


When RIM first announced they’d be bringing Android compatibility to the PlayBook with the help of their Android Player, fans and developers of both platforms had reason to celebrate. BlackBerry users will have access to thousands upon thousands of incredible apps while still enjoying the device of their choice. Android developers can theoretically take a “develop once, distribute twice” approach to apps, extending reach beyond just one platform. Unfortunately though, RIM has yet to release the Android Player for the PlayBook. It’s been several months since the PlayBook’s release without much said on how development is progressing. Hopefully, the same won’t be the case for RIM’s QNX devices.

When RIM finally releases their new QNX-powered smartphones in early 2012, they will indeed feature Android app compatibility. Again, this is great for users of both platforms. While I doubt Google would be so kind as to allow apps like Android’s far superior Gmail client to grace Berrys, the extended selection of third-party apps will still be impressive.

And while we’re on the subject, what if native Android apps could eventually be ported over to BlackBerry devices? That may put BlackBerrys back in the pockets of millions of users in the US alone. If the Android Player works like RIM has said it will (and if the short demos that do exist actually stand up to real world use), then they might as well just become a hardware vendor for Google. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but it’s a real possibility.

Any ex or future BlackBerry owners out there excited to see how the Android Player for QNX devices will turn out? If you could use apps like Google Maps and Android Gmail on a BlackBerry, would you be tempted to make the jump?

Via: ThisIsMyNext

Source: Bloomberg

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Jelena


    Im more interested in the iPhone 5.
    But nice try….

    • protozeloz

      I like turtles

  • anujahooja

    This is great! I know a lot of people think this is not a good thing since it may “bring down the value” of Android devices, but those people are very wrong. Think about it: Android apps on not only the premier platform, but _another_ platform – developers will kill two birds with one stone. Now you tell me: if you’re a developer, would you start making an app that will only cater to one kind of device, or multiple?

    The more platforms that support Android apps, the more developers will want to make Android apps. And that is *awesome*.

  • Android4Life

    Great idea in theory but I don’t think this will save the Blackberry line. It’ll take more than Android app compatibility to make people buy Blackberry again.

    • protozeloz

      QNYX will look great as a part of the android operating system

  • Alex

    So were we getting a full featured Bbm?

    • anujahooja

      And you don’t _have_ to be on an Android device to check your messages :)

  • aj

    Nice. I would never go to blackberry but good for them. And your point about RIM just being a vendor for them would be awsome if say google also bought rim for its QNX system.

  • thel0nerang3r

    I think the reason the “Android Player” has been released is due to Oracle’s lawsuit of Java use in Android (Davlik vm). They may be waiting for that lawsuit to settle. Otherwise, RIM, may find themselves in the same situation of getting sued.

    • thel0nerang3r

      I mean “hasn’t been released”

  • GiqueGEAR_Todd

    This is awesome news ! (1) it should help the beleaguered RIM company, (2) it opens up additional revenue opportunities for Android devs, and (3) it should put to rest any thoughts that Apple would want to buy RIM, leaving the enterprise door ajar for Android !

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    My girlfriend loves her Blackberry, (Android phones drive her nuts apparently) but she’s been getting tired of all the cool apps being available on my phone and not hers.

    The irony is that she’s been considering getting an Android phone but will probably stick with Blackberry if she can run our apps.

    Well played RIM, well played. You guys get to keep a foot out of the grave, and Google gets to make cash off of app sales on your product. Oh, and I’ll get to play Words with Friends with my girlfriend when she’s only got her mobile.

  • Lou

    No better way than to prove your product needs help by allowing your OS to install a competitor’s apps. RIM just make an android phone with bbm lol. Wackberry lol.

  • king

    maybe this is a partnership to make another stab at google and maybe rim will allow android to be ran on the secured & proven qnx platform

  • Steve Hayward

    QNX is the OS of the future. Android would not be popular if it wasnt free on 90 phones.LOL Android = malware = problems in the future. Develeopers would be smart to make malware removers for Android and charge for updates