In announcing its fourth-quarter earnings Thursday, RIM said that the PlayBook, coming out on April 19, would support Android 2.3 and Java apps, albeit not natively -- an app player would let them run in a different run-time environment. There will be no Android Market on the PlayBook either, so the Android apps would be downloadable through BlackBerry App World. (See RIM Reports Q4.)
RIM execs also promised that BlackBerry OS 6.1 would be a "major upgrade" overhauling the current platform.
LR Mobile caught up with Murphy at CTIA to get his perspective on how Verizon's own app store, V Cast Apps, fits into the fragmented value chain. Check out the video below for his response:
"While we're excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones," Google said in a statement. "Until then, we've decided not to release Honeycomb to open source."
This isn't Google's typical MO for its open-source software, which it typically releases to device makers early to give them time to prep it for their devices. But it has run into problems in the past when its OS was ported to devices it wasn't suited to, compromising the performance. Restricting Honeycomb to the tablets it was intended for will ensure the quality is up to par, although it doesn't help Android's pledge for openness or with the question of fragmentation.
Moto maintains that it is committed to Android, but according to Deutsche Bank AG Analyst Jonathan Goldberg, it's a certainty that its own OS is happening -- eventually. The company, still trying to pull out of its slump post-spin-off, can't rely on one OS. It needs options, just in case, he tells InformationWeek.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile