Android application support coming to QNX-powered BlackBerry smartphones

When the BlackBerry PlayBook was about to launch, Research In Motion made it a point to outline the fact that the tablet device would have support for Android applications. So, while the BlackBerry PlayBook probably wouldn’t have many applications made specifically for it, the tablet would be able to share the benefit of applications made for Android. Great news for anyone who was interested in buying the PlayBook, but still wanted to keep their Android apps. According to sources speaking to Bloomberg, that same attention and treatment is coming to QNX-powered smartphones in the future, too.

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, actually, considering the tablet can do it. However, considering the smartphones won’t be running the same mobile OS as what’s available on the tablet, we imagine that it’s pretty impressive nonetheless. Furthermore, it’s good to see that RIM is still acknowledging that having access to Android-based applications is a good step to promote application support. There’s not much information to around at the moment, but it’s obvious that if RIM is able to get Android apps ported over to their QNX-based smartphones in the future, that’s where some major marketing will be placed. Or should be, anyway. While RIM isn’t commenting on the story quite yet, the Waterloo-based company has stated that QNX-powered smartphones will be landing in the market in the first half of 2012, so we don’t have long to wait.

via Bloomberg

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