RIM’s BlackBerry QNX to Run Dalvik VM, Android Apps?
BGR is reporting that Research In Motion (RIM) is looking at getting a Java Virtual Machine up and running for it’s QNX PlayBook platform. BlackBerry devices currently support the Java ME “Micro Edition” platform. This move would be a step up to the Java SE, or “Standard Edition”. Java ME has been largely phased out and all of the newest mobile operating systems are running Java SE.
One of the requirements of running Java SE on BlackBerry devices is a new Virtual Machine, as the VM that RIM currently uses does not support Java SE. If RIM does decide to go forward with the Dalvik VM, this brings the possibility of running Android applications directly.
RIM would also have to support the Android application framework; just choosing the Dalvik VM is not enough to provide Android application compatibility. BlackBerry legacy Java ME applications would likely still be supported under the new Dalvik VM, and probably receive a sizeable performance boost as a result.