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BlackBerry PlayBook – Android Player To Run On Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread ?

by Catalin Mengheris on July 24, 2011


Well that’s right folks – it seems that the age old saying if you can’t beat them, join them, seems to be in effect even in the world of smartphones, gadgets and tablets. Well, sort of really in this case, but you get my point. The fine folk over at CrackBerry are playing around with some test build of a recently leaked version of the Android Player application made for the mighty PlayBook tablet ( if you didn’t know by now, RIM has promised quite a while ago that the PlayBook will support Andropid Apps ). Now this isn’t something that amazing at the time right? Well keep on reading!

The BlackBerry PlayBook is actually running a newer version than most of you fine folk out there, to be precise its running Android 2.3.3. This would put the device more up-to-date than 80 percent of devices out there, so basically RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is having an easier time updating its software than the mighty, iconic Motorola Atrix 4G. It sure is unsettling for some reason, but whatever the issue might be, the most recent numbers are showing that 18.6 percent of Android smartphone users are running Android 2.3.x, while those running Froyo represent 59 per cent of the total market and 18 per cent are still on Éclair.

BlackBerry PlayBook - Android Player To Run On Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread ?

BlackBerry PlayBook - Android Player To Run On Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread ?

This comes more like a fun fact to know that basically the guy sitting next to you in the Subway (or Underground, depending on country) with his RIM BlackBerry PlayBook might actually be running a newer version of Android than you, who are sitting with your LG Optimus 3D (just a random device which barely came out yet is still rocking only Android 2.2 Froyo). Some might not be interested, but this shows that if you really want to you could bring updates in a more timely fashion, but hey, we can modify the hell out of it right?!

My next goal is now to see an Apple iPad 2 run Android Honeycomb on it and I can calmly enter my resignation and move to the mountains to think about the finer things :). Stay tuned for more folks!


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