Aug 24 BlackBerry maker Research In Motion
RIM.TORIMM.O is planning for its newer models of
smartphones, expected next year, to run applications designed
for Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android operating system, a Bloomberg
report said, citing people familiar with the plan.
RIM's newer phones, expected to work on its
yet-to-be-launched QNX operating system, will be compatible
with the Android software, the report said, citing unnamed
RIM may come out with a PlayBook upgrade for the Android
later this year, the report also said.
The Canadian company plans to have the Android player
already in the QNX-running phones when they go on sale rather
than available as an upgrade, the report said.
RIM and Google could not be reached immediately for a
comment on the report.
Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone and devices powered by Google's
Android software have steadily eroded BlackBerry's U.S. market
Android smart phones have surpassed iPhones in popularity
as the Google software powers the main handsets of
manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS),
HTC Corp (2498.TW) and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (MMI.N).
Consumers were activating more than half a million Android
devices every day, Google said in late June.
(Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed in Bangalore; Editing by Gary