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Android Apps Coming to BlackBerry PlayBook?

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 06: Convention attendees use Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablets at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology tradeshow, runs through January 9 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 126,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    A partnership with Android and BlackBerry? Possibly, if Research in Motion decides to go with a Java virtual machine that will allow its new PlayBook to run Android applications.

    Right now the Canadian tech company that created the BlackBerry operating system, is deciding if its new PlayBook tablet should go with Dalvik, the same virtual machine that Google uses for its Android OS. If so, the two systems could share apps, according to Boy Genius Report.

    "But why?" you may ask. The reason is that although RIM has been working on getting developers for the tablet, it's nowhere near where it needs to be to attract consumers to the PlayBook. (Its first app was released Jan. 11, as opposed to the more than 200,000 already in the Android App Market.)

    Although some have called this a "Frankenberry,"  a monstrosity that is neither a BlackBerry nor Android device, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad idea. If the interface works, then BlackBerry users could have 200,000 Android apps and operate the still-preferred phone for business -- a definite win for RIM and for its users who want the BlackBerry OS but with way cooler apps.

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