A world of applications might be opening up to BlackBerry users. There are rustlings that because of RIM’s shift to a new OS and the consequent addition of a new Java virtual machine, future products from the company might be able to run software produced for Android devices.
RIM has planned a shift from its current BlackBerry OS to a QNX-based OS, which begins rolling out with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and its BlackBerry Tablet OS. To give future BlackBerry devices, like the PlayBook tablet, the ability to run legacy apps on this new OS, RIM will need to include a Java VM. Unconfirmed rumors point to the possibility of RIM using the Dalvik VM, a Java VM developed by Google for Android.
If RIM goes this direction, it would mean that BlackBerry phones and tablets would be able to run Android applications.
For more information on the rumor, including a more detailed explanation of the new BlackBerry OS, check out the report from TabletPCReview sister site Brighthand: Future BlackBerry Devices Might Be Able to Run Android OS.