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BlackBerrys with QNX to get Android apps

BlackBerrys with QNX to get Android apps

RIM's future BlackBerry smartphones with the new QNX platform may be able to run Android apps. According to Bloomberg, three people familiar with the situation, divulged this plan as RIM's strategy to boost sales for the QNX BlackBerry devices scheduled for early 2012.

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First BlackBerry QNX phone a 4-inch “mini-PlayBook” says analyst

First BlackBerry QNX phone a 4-inch “mini-PlayBook” says analyst

Contrasting rumors over RIM's QNX smartphone plans for 2012 today, with an RBC Capital Markets analyst suggesting that, rather than the Colt handset tipped earlier this week, the BlackBerry manufacturer's first device will be a "mini-PlayBook." The handset, Mike Abramsky suggested in an investor note today, will look like the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet but smaller, using a 4-inch display and a dual-core processor.

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BlackBerry Colt QNX smartphone coming Q1 2012 tip insiders

BlackBerry Colt QNX smartphone coming Q1 2012 tip insiders

Details of RIM's first QNX-based smartphone, the BlackBerry Colt, have leaked, with the handset supposedly on course for a Q1 2012 release. The Colt, so BGR's sources tell them, is currently in testing with RIM's software verification team, and looks to be powered by a 1GHz single-core processor. It's not only the CPU that looks like it could be behind the curve; according to the tipsters, the Colt may launch without BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) support.

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iPad stays top tablet: Faces growing Android challenge as Amazon circles

iPad stays top tablet: Faces growing Android challenge as Amazon circles

Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, with global shipments up to 9.3m units according to the latest figures, though its percentage marketshare has declined by over 33-percent thanks to increasing competition from consumer-centric rivals. 61.3-percent of tablets sold worldwide run iOS, analysts Strategy Analytics calculate, with Android taking the lion's share of what remains, at 30.1-percent.

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RIM ignores users and has lazy marketing accuses senior exec

RIM ignores users and has lazy marketing accuses senior exec

The scathing open letter penned by what's said to be a senior RIM exec has accused the company's co-CEOs of ignoring end users, relentlessly chasing "slightly more volume" at the expense of innovation, and of being blinkered to how "painful" developing for the platform is in comparison to rival OSes. The letter, published at BGR - who say they have verified the exec's identity - sets out eight key factors that need to change, including rebranding as simply "BlackBerry" so as "to signify our new focus on one QNX product line."

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BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

RIM's native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook - demonstrated at BlackBerry World 2011 earlier this week - isn't expected until sometime this summer, but one developer has already figured out a way to bypass the existing Adobe AIR environment and get QNX native code running on the 7-inch tablet. Adam Bell discovered that, with a little tweaking, it's possible to copy QNX apps coded on the QNX desktop environment, aka the Neutrino SDP (software development platform), over to the PlayBook and have them run as native code.

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Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

RIM has publicly demonstrated Android apps running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the first time at BlackBerry World 2011 this morning, showing how code intended for Google's platform will be packaged and run on the QNX slate. Apps will each run in their own instance of a virtual machine, presented to the user as regular shortcuts and with the emulator automatically - and transparently - loading.

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