Feeds

BlackBerry handsets will be able to run Android apps

Hope to make the RIM job trivially easy for devs

SANS - Survey on application security programs

RIM is planning to put its "app player" engine into the next generation of handsets, providing Android compatibility to its phones as well as tablets.

Bloomberg has been talking to people who asked not to be identified but confirmed that RIM's QNX-based handsets, scheduled for next year, will get the Android compatibility module allowing applications developed for Google's platform to be run on RIM's.

We've still not seen the "app player", but RIM confirmed in March that it would be shipping software for its PlayBook tablet which would enable the tablet to run Android applications. The PlayBook is based on QNX, which RIM bought in April last year, so once the handsets go QNX too, there seems little reason to prevent the "app player" from running.

Even once it has Android compatibility don't expect RIM to embrace the Google Marketplace: Android will simply be another way in which developers can create applications for distribution through RIM's App World.

It has been almost a year since the PlayBook launched and the tablet is still lacking in applications. That is partly because the native SDK only went to public beta on Wednesday this week, allowing developers to use POSIX-compatible C++ and optimised graphics acceleration instead of relying on Abode Flash and its AIR environment.

But these days it's vitally important to have the basics covered: the applications that rapidly become popular and which users long for when their mates have them. RIM will be hoping that Android compatibility will make adding BlackBerry to the list of supported platforms so trivial that developers will do it by default. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork
One Heartbleed vuln was too many for Theo de Raadt
Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor
Leaker claims big release due this fall as Microsoft herds us into the CLOUD
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...
Why HELLO Amazon! You weren't here last time
Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit
Plus: iThings and desktops at risk of NEW SSL attack flaw
Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!
The clock is ticking louder for Windows Server 2003 R2 users
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog
Prerelease software now open to anyone, not just developers – as long as you keep quiet
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.