BlackBerry PlayBook won't run all of your Android apps, becomes even more useless


So we now know the reason that RIM slashed the BlackBerry PlayBook's prices in both Canada and the US. The fabled Android emulator that is supposedly headed our way this fall won't be able to completely replace your Android smartphone or tablet. 

According to a new report from today, some of RIM's engineers who worked on the PlayBook recently discussed the emulator's limitations, and we've got a list of apps that won't work because:

  • They use SIP and SIP VoIP
  • They are built with the Native Development Kit
  • They use Google’s in-app billing service
  • They rely on Android’s text-to-speech service
  • They tie into Google Maps

In other words, many of the apps that you would want to install on your PlayBook because of the fact that the BlackBerry Appworld doesn't have them, you can't. Nice going, RIM. I doubt that price drop is going to make any positive impact in sales now. 

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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