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RIM Engineers Explain Which Android Features Will Not Be Supported On The BlackBerry PlayBook

When we hear there is another OS device coming out and that said device will run Android apps we all have reason for excitement. That was the case for the BlackBerry PlayBook – when word first came out that the PlayBook would be able to run some Android features, people were definitely curious about it.

But sometimes there isn’t a happy ending and RIM engineers have come out and stated which Android features you won’t be seeing on the PlayBook.

Android’s famed battery-sucking Live Wallpaper, SIP and SIP VoIP, anything built using the Native Development Kit, apps containing only App Widgets, and apps containing more than one activity tied to the Launcher.

In addition, any packages which rely on Google Maps, in-app billing services, Android’s text-to-speech engine, or the cloud-to-device messaging system will all be rendered unusable under the company’s runtime system.

Well that hurts. So basically the main features that make Android, “Android” won’t be making its way to the PlayBook. Existing owners for the PlayBook can’t be happy about this, but then again, I don’t think anyone necessarily bought the PlayBook with the intent of using a bunch of Android features on it. I could be wrong though.

New word of lacking Android integration enough to make you forget completely about the PlayBook?

Via: The Next Web

  • Tony Phoney

    Come on no sip? You can do video chat with an other playbook but you can’t do sip.
    No skype or enum. Are you trying to protect those cellular service providers with rip-off data plans?

    There is lots of potential to convert this into an enterprise product with a sip extension off a pbx, and provide other call management applications. Too bad they are so short sighted.

  • Frank

    Ah come on RIM, please roll over and die! I’m begging. You guys are muddying the scene.

  • Google will soon buy RIM just like they did Motorola. {{-_-}}

  • no more playbook info.  its over.

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  • RW-1

    Wait .. RIM?  You mean they’re still around?  Not for long ….  Meh.

  • Anonymous

    This is a bummer for those 6 dudes who bought PlayBooks.

  • MichaelT

    So, how long till CM has a working Android port for the Playbook?

  • Anonymous

    if it can play netflix, i’m sold! especially for the $249 price point.

    • So you can watch movies from 2007 with the Wayans brothers in half of them?

      • Anonymous

        yup 🙂

      • Billyrouth2000

        Netflix has alot of new movies. Dont comment on something you know nothing about it just makes you look stupid

      • haha! Ignorant. Do you like TV shows? Netflix has tons of series of TV shows. Get with it, chump.

  • wait a min…whats a playbook?  are we talking football again?

  • This is a disappointment if it applies to their future QNX phones as well.  It would take them out of the running for my next phone completely.

  • Wouldn’t it be easier to list the 1 or 2 Android features the Playbook will support?

  • Finire

    Wait, people actually bought that piece of crap?

    The playbook was dead before it was released, and with the Kindle Fire being made by the same group, it will most likely see the same fate.

    • Greg

      I took a PB for the price of a Fire a “fire-sale” if you will.  I don’t regret it, at $200 it’s a great portable media and internet device.  Who needs apps when most flash sites work quite well.

  • Get Quad

    Dear RIM, just go out of business already. You lost about 2 years ago and will never get it back.

  • So what? Who in their right mind will buy anything Blackberry? It’s dead.

  • Anonymous

    “battery-sucking Live Wallpaper”
    Ya, that 1-2% drain is REALLY killing my battery life.

  • EC8CH

    Whatever RIM… we all know Amazon just bought all of them from you and is now selling them for $199 as the Kindle Fire.

  • I thought the PlayBook is what we got in P.E. classes.

  • Calumnium

    what’s a… playbook? is it? yeah, what is that?

  • Anonymous

    Next article:  Which Android Features Will Not Be Supported on the Amazon Kindle Fire

  • Doesn’t that rule out just about every app out there?

    • Dan

      Um… no? Don’t get confused, the NDK is not the SDK. Almost anything built in the SDK will be usable, so long as it doesn’t interface with Google Maps, Text to Speech, or… well just read the list above. It’s not huge.

  • Anonymous

    Who hasn’t completely forgotten about the playbook already?

    • Or Rim for that fact. I cringe when people pull out their dingle..Blackberrys.

      • Calvin Williams

        Even a guy on the radio said something like “and the 5 people left that still have blackberry’s”