Back when the PlayBook was still big news, RIM announced that the tablet's QNX operating system would be getting an Android emulator that would allow the PlayBook to run Android apps. This capability was something many consumers were looking forward to, but RIM has not yet delivered on that promise. However, they aren't letting that stop them from using the mythical Android emulator on their new QNX phones.
According to Bloomberg, RIM is planning to release app-laden BlackBerries in early 2012. If they stick to that release date and the rumored QNX BlackBerry does materialize with Android apps, I think it could really be a hit. Here at Pocketables, we really liked QNX, but were frustrated with the lack of basic apps. Clearly, if RIM does follow through on these plans, that problem will be solved.
Of course, as I already mentioned, RIM has been quite unreliable about releasing their Android emulator. Hopefully they can pull it together in time, because they are going to need something good to keep consumers buying BlackBerries.[Bloomberg]