As well as doing ‘full’ Facebook and YouTube (as opposed to ‘stripped down mobile versions’) it looks like the Flash-playing, multi-tasking BlackBerry Playbook will also be able to run Android apps as well.
A Research in Motion spokesperson was apparently caught on video (uploaded by Mobile Monday Rio) saying that RIM “will also support Android apps when we release the Dalvik engine on top of QNX.”
Dalvik is a virtual machine that’s an integral part of the Android OS, and is open source. Earlier this year, Myriad Group announced its Alien Dalvik software, which “enables Android applications to operate on non-Android devices.” So the idea of Android apps running on a BlackBerry Playbook (or any non-Android tablet) aren’t that farfetched.
Though this news seemingly came straight from the horses’ mouth, when we spoke to RIM we were given a straight up ‘no comment’, but told to wait for a statement.
So, if true, how would this work? Will we be able to access the Android Market from our Playbooks? Or will we downloading apps, books and games from Amazon’s forthcoming App Store?
One way or another, it looks Angry Birds on a BlackBerry device might be more than just the stuff of dreams and/or text-based jokes.