The move would instantly allow the PlayBook to have access to Android’s library of 100,000+ apps.
I am, for the record, skeptical of this information for a number of reasons, but let’s say it is true…
Google does generate some revenue from the sale of applications but long term is probably looking more to advertising inside of apps as a revenue source.
As McKechnie states, running applications in an emulation mode could cause issues with compatibility and performance. Palm (GOOG) was successfully able to build a PalmOS emulator into WebOS so it isn’t impossible.
McKechnie, who has historically been a Blackberry bull, downgraded RIMM to NEUTRAL from BUY and states, “we expect RIMM to lose share in the high-growth smart phone market as AAPL and Android expand carriers and product breadth.”In related news today, RIM announced it would start accepting PlayBook apps into the app market.
RIM probably wouldn’t want prospective native developers to know that the PlayBook could run Android apps (if true), lest they decide to skip development on the new platform.