by Gray Graham
Today RIM announced that their upcoming Playbook, as well as all future Blackberry smartphones built on their new QNX operating system will be able to run, Android apps (not Gingerbread yet, but I am sure that will come soon).
What this means is that Google's Android platform has completely taken over the smartphone market and all predictions indicate they will do the same to the emerging tablet market in a couple of years if not sooner.
I know most people like believe that a certain line of i-Devices are "magical" and they will do anything to have them, but that is not the case. Computer and technological experts have long stated that i-Devices are flawed and are flash and not much show, it seems like consumers are finally coming around to that way of thinking.
Almost every month we hear about a new Android device that is even better than the last device, or better yet available at a reasonable price for the savvy buyer. At this point the only thing that can stop Android is greed, which I am sure in the end will do it in. There is nothing that kills a good idea or innovation like the quest for money and Android is no exception to that. It seems as though Google senses this, and may decide they have to do something about it, but until then it is good that consumer of the two major smartphone systems will have many places to go to get their apps and not just one overlord that controls all.
So with this move it seems like Nokia completely missed the boat, but it is hard to turn down a billion dollars from a friend. I am sure they will have to join the Android ship a lot sooner than later.