The blogosphere is buzzing right now with rumors that Research in Motion may allow Android Applications to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook and other QNX powered devices if they decide to use the Dalvik VM, the same Java Virtual Machine used in Android. We figured that this would be a good time to ask BlackBerry users what they think, so, we put up a poll…
We see hi-resolution photos of the BlackBerry PlayBook in landscape orientation all the time, however, marketing photos of the device in portrait orientation have been pretty scarce. That, at least, was the case until recently when a friend of BerryReview noticed that RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook landing page now has a few renderings of the PlayBook in portrait mode.
Something tells me that most folks won’t have a hard time thumb typing on the BlackBerry PlayBook, but, I’ll leave that of another post…
We just heard that Research in Motion is tossing around the idea of allowing Android Apps to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
We know that RIM is working on a Java Virtual Machine that will allow legacy apps to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook, and, according to BGR, there is a good chance that RIM could use the Dalvik VM. Yes, the very Davlick VM used in Android that would allow devices running QNX to run most apps developed for Android.
There are various approaches to this situation — one where RIM uses the open source Dalvik VM and does not involve Google, and another (incredible) scenario where RIM and Google might reach an agreement (basically “certify” the device/platform) that would provide official support to Android apps on RIM’s QNX-based OS, and would feature the Android Market, Google’s Gmail, Maps, and other apps.
On two occasions I’ve said that Research in Motion should build a device that runs Android. Although the BlackBerry PlayBook won’t run Android, RIM giving it the ability to run Android applications, if they choose to do so, is about the next best thing.
According to a report by TNS, the BlackBerry still dominates in the enterprise with over 81% market share in companies with over 1000 employees. The report also shows that the iPhone and other platforms are catching up in small companies where the BlackBerry’s share is only 39% compared to 28% for the iPhone and 19% for Android, however, with 69% total share of all corporate users, the BlackBerrys advantage in the enterprise compared to its competitors may just buy RIM the time it needs to bring it’s next generation handset to market and be a hit even though consumers aren’t really feeling the BlackBerry at all these days.
What RIM and the BlackBerry have going for them is that corporations are incredibly slow to adopt new technology and switch over to it. RIM is working on a QNX BlackBerry, and, although consumers may not be willing to wait for QNX to make its debut on a BlackBerry device before going with something other than the BlackBerry, corporations won’t switch en masse away from the BlackBerry before RIM makes the switch to QNX. So long as the RIM’s new Blackberry OS is comparable to iOS, Android, WP7, and webOS (BlackBerry 6 currently is not) RIM will continue to maintain millions of BlackBerry users by way of the corporate provisioned devices.
RIM may not ever enjoy the stature they once had with consumers again, however, the BlackBerry will continue to be a force in the smartphone landscape for the foreseeable future so long as QNX lives up to they hype…
Research in Motion is inundating CES 2011 with BlackBerry PlayBooks and Kevin from CrackBerry.com was able to get his hands on one. To make a long story short… “It was love at first touch”.
Inside BlackBerry has posted a new video which covers web fidelity on the BlackBerry PlayBook where Mathew from the Browser team at RIM takes you through rich web video content using both HTML5 and Adobe® Flash®, social networking with Facebook® Chat, and even Facebook Flash games and viewing embedded content in your News Feed.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is still looking like it is going to be a pretty sweet tablet that will give it’s competitors, namely the Galaxy Tab and the iPad, a run for their money…
Here is another interview at the Dive Into Mobile conference where Research in Motion co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis, is showing off of the BlackBerry PlayBook. I believe that the PlayBook mania all-out marketing blizt has commenced…
[Via All Things D]
Research in Motion is renaming Wireless Enterprise Symposium Conference (WES), its biggest conference of the year, to something a bit more reflective of its current focus on the QNX BlackBerry Operating System as well as broadening the scope of the even beyond the enterprise. BGR is reporting that they been informed of the name change by multiple sources, although, the new name of the convention is still unknown.
Back at the end of September at the BlackBerry Developer’s Conference, Research in Motion confirmed a rumor started by a company VP stating that QNX, the operating system that will make it’s RIM debut on the BlackBerry Playbook, would eventually replace the BlackBerry OS on BlackBerry devices. The big question in everyone’s mind is how long it will take for this to become the case, and, and if RIM will release a new wave a BlackBerry devices that run possibly an update to BlackBerry 6, or, maybe even BlackBerry 7.
BlackBerry 6 is really just hitting the scene
BlackBerry 6 is really just starting to get its legs under it. It is now offered out of the box on the BlackBerry Torch, the BlackBerry Style, and the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and we know that the BlackBerry Bold 9650, Bold 9700, Curve 3G, and Pearl 3G will eventually be upgradable to BlackBerry 6. One would have to imagine that any unknown, but, soon to be released BlackBerry devices would also run BlackBerry 6, however, the only real rumor of a new BlackBerry anywhere close to being released is the BlackBerry Storm 9570, for which there are as many rumors stating that this device has been scrapped as there are stating that it is coming.
A better question to ask
I can’t fathom that there is a QNX based BlackBerry coming anytime before we are well in to the second half of 2011, and, thus, it seems likely that there will be new BlackBerry devices out before then. Maybe a better question to ask is if the next wave of BlackBerry devices will be seen as lame ducks until a QNX based lineup hits the shelves?