BGR is reporting that RIM is looking for a Java VM to run on the PlayBook. According to sources, RIM may adopt the Dalvik virtual machine to support Java apps. If that sounds familiar to you, it's because it's the same VM that the Android OS uses, and it would allow RIM's PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any app built for the Android platform.
With the bold moves RIM has taken lately -- QNX, the acquisition of the great UI team at The Astonishing Tribe, and possibly the ability to run any and all Android apps -- if the company can hang on just a little longer, it could be poised to attack the market again in a huge way.
Now this may be a long shot, but it does totally make sense for RIM to adopt another app store, in order to give the PlayBook a fighting chance. If RIM and Google come to some sort of an agreement and certify the PlayBook to run Android apps on its QNX-based OS, it may be a strong competitor in the market.
BlackBerry also plans on replacing BlackBerry OS 6 with a QNX-based OS, dubbed BlackBerry OS 7. With a QNX-based OS, RIM could easily port Android apps over to its line of smartphones, allowing for BlackBerry's to run Android Apps, if ever approved.
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