Most of us have heard the old adage, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," and that looks as if that is exactly what RIM is considering. According to a Bloomberg article, RIM is considering adding Android app support to their future QNX devices. The problem for RIM is that they have poor app support and very few apps available to them. RIM is considering the move in order to spur lagging sales of their Blackberry devices. According to the report, "The feature is said to go live in the QNX-powered PlayBook tablet by the end of the year..." Also, here's a quote from the Bloomberg article with some more details,
The Android app player in the new BlackBerrys is the same one that has been built for the PlayBook, and it is being tweaked to fit the different screen size and resolution of various BlackBerry models, one of the people said. RIM plans to have the Android player installed on the QNX phones when they go on sale and not in an upgrade, to avoid criticisms that software upgrades were too slow to come, the person said
This is interesting news for Blackberry users, as this easily signals the first step toward some type of Blackberry-Android hybrid device. Perhaps, by this time next year, RIM will be making Android phones along with HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, etc.

Source: Engadget and Bloomberg
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