Rumor: RIM’s Playbook Could Run Android Apps

RIM is in the process of planning for a QNX-based future. The robust operating system is the basis of the upcoming Blackberry Playbook, and BGR is reporting that some decisions are coming down the pike that could allow Android apps to run on RIM’s QNX …

RIM is in the process of planning for a QNX-based future. The robust operating system is the basis of the upcoming Blackberry Playbook, and BGR is reporting that some decisions are coming down the pike that could allow Android apps to run on RIM’s QNX devices. RIM is likely going to use a new Java virtual machine to allow legacy apps to work on QNX. Among the candidates is Dalvik, which is the VM used in Android.

If RIM chose Dalkiv, they could use the open source version of the VM with no dealings with Google. This would allow users to sideload Android app APK files. If RIM really wants to blow consumers away, they could come to some arrangement with Google to certify the Playbook for the Android Market. This last bit sounds like crazy talk to us, but anything is possible. 

The Playbook is running on ARM architecture like all other Android devices, so apps would likely work to some degree. We can’t be sure about how well they will work, but it should technically be possible. Does this sound plausible to you?

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RIM Plans On BlackBerry Devices For 2011

BoyGeniusReport more known as BGR have reported that they have gotten their hands on some confidential documents on one of the leading smartphone maker, Research In Motion (RIM), revealing leaked specs and images on the upcoming RIM‘s smartphones. One of the first being the BlackBerry Dakota. If things turn out to be true, the upcoming... Read More…

BoyGeniusReport more known as BGR have reported that they have gotten their hands on some confidential documents on one of the leading smartphone maker, Research In Motion (RIM), revealing leaked specs and images on the upcoming RIM‘s smartphones.

One of the first being the BlackBerry Dakota. If things turn out to be true, the upcoming smartphones would be a turn around for the users as they make a choice on the smartphones. According to the report, the BlackBerry Dakota include a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture capabilities, along with a flash and blur reduction.

BlackBerry Dakota Specs and Features:

1. 4GB of storage, 768 MB of RAM

2. 3G mobile hotspot function and Wi-Fi capabilities

3. MicroUSB port

4. Bluetooth

5. 10.5mm thin

6. BlackBerry OS 6.1

7. 2.8-inch screen; 640×480 resolution

8. Full Qwerty keyboard and touchscreen

BlackBerry Dakota

Furthermore, BGR reported on an upcoming BlackBerry Curve look-alike, tagged as BlackBerry Apollo. While the smartphone is not as smart and powerful as the Dakota, it might be able to attract customers with a pocket-friendly price.

BlackBerry Apollo Specs and Features:

1. BlackBerry OS 6.1

2. Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities

3. 5-megapixel camera with flash

4. 512MB of storage and 512MB of RAM

5. 480 x 360 resolution screen

6. Bluetooth 2.1

7. 11mm thin

BlackBerry Apollo

RIM made the BlackBerry Torch official, marking it as the first-ever smartphone with full QWERTY keyboard as well as touchscreen on board. Certain voices confirm that the upcoming device would be called the Torch 2

BlackBerry Torch 2 Specs and Features:

1. Tri-band HSPA 14.1 Mbps

2. 3.2-inch VGA; 640×480 display

3. 8 GB memory

4. 512 MB RAM

5. Bluetooth 2.1; GPS

6. 5 megapixel camera with flash

7. BlackBerry OS 6.1

8. 14.6 mm thin

BlackBerry Torch 2

via [BGR]

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RIM: PlayBook Battery Woes Exaggerated

We recently heard reports that Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet might not be ready for prime time due to battery life concerns, but according to RIM, it’s much ado about not very much Erictric.com reports.
“Any testing or observation of battery lif…

We recently heard reports that Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet might not be ready for prime time due to battery life concerns, but according to RIM, it’s much ado about not very much Erictric.com reports.

“Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented,” RIM explains. “RIM is on track with its schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life and looks forward to providing customers with a professional grade tablet that offers superior performance with comparable battery life.”

Reading between the lines, it’s probably fair to say that the PlayBook is still in need of some tweaks to get battery life up to par with competing tablets, but it’s not an issue RIM expects to cause any delays.

Adobe Air 2.5 & Adobe InMarket Announced for Tablets, Phones, & TVs

The latest competitor to the Apple dominated mobile app space is Adobe with the announcement that Adobe Air 2.5 will be making its way to tablets, phones, and TVs, in theory allowing all Adobe Air designed apps to run on your device of choice. Adobe Air 2.5 includes everything necessary for building great apps on... Read More…

The latest competitor to the Apple dominated mobile app space is Adobe with the announcement that Adobe Air 2.5 will be making its way to tablets, phones, and TVs, in theory allowing all Adobe Air designed apps to run on your device of choice.

Adobe Air 2.5 includes everything necessary for building great apps on mobile devices including support for multi-touch gestures, accelerometers, GPS data, mics and cameras, and hardware acceleration.

Adobe today has also announced the Adobe InMarket for developers that will take care of hosting, billing, and app approval for 30 percent of the revenue. InMarket wont assist you with getting Air designed apps in Apple’s App Store, but is expected to support the Intel AppUp store, and the upcoming RIM and Samsung app marketplaces.

[Engadget]

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