Android apps found running on BlackBerry phones

Android apps found running on BlackBerry phonesA couple of weeks ago we mentioned a report claiming that RIM was working on an emulator to allow its PlayBook tablet to be able to run Android apps.

Interesting stuff, but it's just become even more interesting: mobile app developer ShopSavvy has spotted its Android app being tested on a trio of BlackBerry devices – all of them smartphones.

ShopSavvy's records show the three RIM handsets – the Curve 8300 and 8520, and the Pearl 8600 – accessed its servers to run the app on four occasions from mid-January to early February, just before the rumours of an Android emulator first surfaced.

Aside from indicating in general that RIM's plans to allow Android apps to run on its devices are wider than we first suspected, the news is especially significant as the three phones in question run BlackBerry OS rather than the QNX-based OS present on the PlayBook.

And in case you were thinking that this could be the work of some intrepid amateur, the geographic data revealed by ShopSavvy's logs reveal the apps were all accessed from the same place – Waterloo, Ontario in Canada, the location of RIM's headquarters.

So is RIM planning to open the door to Android apps across its entire mobile product line? It certainly looks a distinct possibility on this evidence. BlackBerry fans will no doubt have their own opinions, but if it gives RIM an edge in its battle against the likes of webOS and Windows Phone 7, there surely won't be too many complaints.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2011 at 13:55

could be a test of the coming Dalvik emulator gor Blackberry (and Symbian?)

CraigBruce  Feb. 25, 2011 at 15:39

As for the 'intrepid amateur' comment....RIM's HQ is in Waterloo, ONTARIO...which is indeed in Canada, whilst Orlando is considerably further south and somewhat warmer.


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