Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jan 2011 21:28 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this is interesting. Research In Motion is hard at work on its PlayBook tablet, as well as on its new mobile operating system, for the device based on QNX. It's no secret that RIM intends to deliver some form of backwards compatibility for its older BlackBarryOS applications. And that's where a golden opportunity arises.
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Something not right here
by Praxis on Wed 26th Jan 2011 21:43 UTC
Praxis
Member since:
2009-09-17

I've read this story a couple of places and it just doesn't seem right. It takes more than just using the Dalvik vm to be able to run all android applications. To be able to run android apps seamlessly in QNX you'd basically need to emulate android within it. Its technically possible I guess but that just seems like a recipe for bloat, bugs and corner cases where things just plain don't work right. I just don't buy it, not at this stage.

I think someone might have misheard someone saying that using dalvik means that Android devs would find to easy to port applications to the new Blackberry OS. And then that got exaggeration over time to become new blackberry to run android apps.

This just seems like a far out rumor that getting traction because its so far out there.

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RE: Something not right here
by vivainio on Wed 26th Jan 2011 21:46 in reply to "Something not right here"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


This just seems like a far out rumor that getting traction because its so far out there.


I'm pretty sure it got traction because people don't really understand the issue.

If running Dalvik VM was all it takes, don't you think we would have been running Android applications on Linux a long, long time ago?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It obviously takes more than just the Dalvik VM - I figured everybody realised that without me pointing it out.

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RE[2]: Something not right here
by Elv13 on Thu 27th Jan 2011 06:11 in reply to "RE: Something not right here"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

Ubuntu run Android app by default if that matter since very, very long time
http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/26/canonical-giving-ubuntu-the-gift...

In theory the feature is there, but I never saw or tried it

Edited 2011-01-27 06:13 UTC

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RE: Something not right here
by Laurence on Wed 26th Jan 2011 22:05 in reply to "Something not right here"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I've read this story a couple of places and it just doesn't seem right. It takes more than just using the Dalvik vm to be able to run all android applications. To be able to run android apps seamlessly in QNX you'd basically need to emulate android within it. Its technically possible I guess but that just seems like a recipe for bloat, bugs and corner cases where things just plain don't work right. I just don't buy it, not at this stage.

I think someone might have misheard someone saying that using dalvik means that Android devs would find to easy to port applications to the new Blackberry OS. And then that got exaggeration over time to become new blackberry to run android apps.

This just seems like a far out rumor that getting traction because its so far out there.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who found this story hard to believe.

Seems like some people think that DalvikVM == instant Android app compatibility.

Edited 2011-01-26 22:08 UTC

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RE[2]: Something not right here
by AKMask on Fri 28th Jan 2011 11:51 in reply to "RE: Something not right here"
AKMask Member since:
2011-01-28

There are reasons it gains traction even in tech crowds: it's monumentally feasible. QNX, although of independent birth, has long conformed to the POSIX standard and even shells out the money to be certified with UNIX branding. The linux kernel under android, while not shelling out for branding, is by and large POSIX compatible. The android libraries would not need an extraordinary amount of tweaking to talk to QNX instead of Linux.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

It's a make-work project. Rim's legal department needs to kick in more hours so management is trying to get them added to the Oracle vs Google legal action over Java. Makes perfect sense..

</sarcasm> ;)

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elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

It's a make-work project. Rim's legal department needs to kick in more hours so management is trying to get them added to the Oracle vs Google legal action over Java. Makes perfect sense..

;)


Actually, since RIM already licenses Java from Sun and has patent indemnity, maybe they're figuring they'll have an advantage over Google... ;)

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RE: Something not right here
by brewmastre on Wed 26th Jan 2011 22:52 in reply to "Something not right here"
brewmastre Member since:
2006-08-01

Would it be that complicated? I'm not an Android or BB dev so I really don't know but it seems like with Dalvik and some Android libraries (GUI, IO, etc) ported it, it could work...again, I'm not a dev of those platforms but to me it seems plausible.

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