Bold 9900 already outdated? BlackBerry QNX to support Android apps [Rumors]
The new breed of BlackBerry smartphones that may arrive next year will allegedly include Android apps compatibility.
Summary: A new report posted online is claiming that QNX-based (not the current Bold 9900 with BlackBerry 7) BlackBerry devices will sport Android Market compatibility that may attract customers from the popular mobile operating system.
A Bloomberg report posted on Wednesday is suggesting that future BlackBerry devices, or the handsets that will use QNX instead of BlackBerry 7, will be compatible with applications running on the Android operating system. The report also added that the first QNX-based BlackBerry will arrive in early 2012.
The news agency’s sources claim that the addition of Android application support may drive more customers to join the QNX ecosystem that is theoretically better than the same-old BlackBerry operating system that is powering current, and new devices like the BlackBerry Bold 9900 which will arrive this year sporting more expensive tag price than the iPhone 4.
Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook, the company’s bet against the popular iPad and other Android-based tablets, is also expected to receive its own “Android Player,” that will allow the device to run popular Android apps. The Android operating system is currently supporting at least 250,000 applications and still growing. In fact, Android’s application market is competing against Apple’s robust App Store.
According to BGR’s report posted earlier this month, the first BlackBerry with QNX is using the codename “Colt” and RIM is currently testing the device using a single-core processor.
Can the QNX-based BlackBerry with Android apps compete against Android-based devices including Google’s rumored Nexus Prime?
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