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Android apps to invade BlackBerry?

Well, this is interesting. Recently software developers have come to rue the day the smartphone and tablet PC were invented, because of the number of different versions of their apps they have to make. Gone are the days when you made a Windows version, probably a Mac version, and maybe a Linux version if your product was for nerds. Now there's Apple's iOS, Google's Android, Palm's WebOS, Nokia's Symbian, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and RIM's BlackBerry OS all to be catered for.

And there's about to be one more - QNX, the operating system that's set to power Research in Motion's upcoming BlackBerry tablet, the PlayBook. QNX is a vast improvement on the normal BlackBerry OS, so we can't blame RIM for switching, but it still further complicates the situation for poor app manufacturers.

Unless a recent report is true. BlackBerry have said that QNX will include a 'virtual Java machine.' We won't bore you with the details of what that means, in no small part because we're not sure we know. But the important part is this: rumour has it that RIM will choose an open-source virtual machine called Dalvik. That's the system 'that powers Android's virtual machine,' Wired points out, and with it the PlayBook 'could run just about any application built for the Android platform.'

That means Angry Birds on PlayBook, Gmail on PlayBook, and even Google's crazy translation apps on PlayBook. We reckon the PlayBook just got a bit more AttRacTive.

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