Hit by weakening sales, Research In Motion plans to add Android support to next year’s lineup of new BlackBerry smartphones. The new Android-compatible phones will run the company’s QNX software and debut in early 2012. A story earlier this month from the blog Boy Genius Report said that RIM will launch its first QNX-powered BlackBerry, code-named Colt, during the first quarter of 2012.
The move toward Android support is designed to enhance the appeal of BlackBerrys and shake up sales, which have taken a dive due to tight competition from the iPhone and Android devices. The statistics I’ve posted earlier on my blog (http://wp.me/p1DdhW-2q) proves it.
The PlayBook tablet was supposed to be capable of running Android apps by now, but the tablet’s support for Google’s OS has reportedly been delayed until this fall.