Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) is expected to bring Android compatibility to its QNX platform next year, said some insiders of the company to Bloomberg. Android with its huge application availability in the Android Market (almost six times the apps that are available in RIM’s App World) should help RIM to widen its device appeal by extending Android apps to its existing number of apps. This would be like a cherry on the cake.
Android support for BlackBerry
Steve Li, an analyst from Toronto, quoted on Bloomberg, “Being able to run Android apps, that’s a big plus. 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.”. RIM has gone through many ups and downs during a year’s time. Its share in the smartphone market fell from 19 percent to 12 percent. In comparision to this, Apple’s market share jumped from 14 percent to 18 percent and that of Android rose to 43 percent. RIM is also expected to introduce a handful of QNX-based BlackBerry devices in early 2012. Let’s hope this move proves fruitful to RIM with respect to sales and bring back those early days for the company.