Could RIM be considering allowing Android applications to be used on the BlackBerry? We heard rumors last month that RIM was looking to allow Android applications to be used on the PlayBook. It looks like it may also be considering allowing the applications to be used on BlackBerry phones.
According to Boy Genius Report, mobile application developer ShopSavvy has noticed that its application has been tested several times on devices that would otherwise have not supported it. The devices in question:
- BlackBerry 8300 ran ShopSavvy on January 31, 2011
- BlackBerry 8600 ran ShopSavvy on January 17 and 24, 2011
- BlackBerry 8520 ran ShopSavvy on February 7, 2011
All of the tests have come from Waterloo, Ontario – the same location as RIM’s headquarters.
If you can’t beat them, join them…
We’ve talked a few times here about how the developers behind a particular phone or tablet operating system can make or break it when it comes sales times. There’s no doubt that Android and iOS are the biggest games in town now. In order to survive RIM is either going to have to start to support some of those applications, or come up with some way to lure developers away from those platforms and over to the BlackBerry. It’s a lot easier to join the party than to rty and get everyone to leave for yours.
What do you think about the possibility of BlackBerry running Android applications?