Blackberry creator, Research in Motion plans to bring Android compatibility to its 2012 handset line up via its new QNX OS software. Slowing sales have hit the Canadian concern hard and this is being seen as an attempt to revive the ailing Blackberry line-up and allay concerns about Blackberry’s comparatively poorly-supported app store.
RIM has said it plans to launch QNX-based phones in 2012 and given that the QNX-powered Playbook tablet device is Android-ready, it makes sense that upcoming Blackberrys will also support the feature. Android Market has over 250,000 apps available, approximately six times more than Blackberry’s App World can boast, and with a vibrant developer-base that’s set to ensure that figure continues to grow into 2012 and beyond.
“Being able to run Android apps, that’s a big plus,” said analyst Steven Li of Raymond James Ltd. “If you get the tonnage of Android apps and the top 50 apps through BlackBerry’s App World, that addresses many of the concerns people have about RIM’s ecosystem.”
Gartner Inc. reported that Blackberry’s smartphone market share fell to 12 percent in Q2 from a healthier 19% just a year earlier. Meanwhile, over the same period, Apple’s share climbed from 14% to 18% and Android grabbed a hulking 43% of the market.