No Flash or Android for BlackBerry 7 OS

Posted by at 12:56 am on May 3, 2011

RIM Monday night revealed that had no plans to support some of the features in BlackBerry 7 that it did in the BlackBerry PlayBook. The company no longer planned to support Flash on the current BlackBerry platform and would wait until the phones were sharing the same QNX-based roots as the PlayBook tablet. BB7 phones like the Bold 9900 also wouldn’t qualify to run the OS and would need at least a dual-core replacement.

Also the  BlackBerry 7 OS wouldn’t run the Android app wrapper developed to fill out the PlayBook’s app library. BB7 already runs a form of Java but also has access to a much larger, 15,000-plus app catalog where the PlayBook has just a fraction.

The phone’s native OpenGL ES 2.0 support gives it performance much closer to that of the PlayBook for 3D games and accelerated video. NFC and more advanced motion sensors also improve the OS feature set.

More details of phones using a QNX-based OS are expected for later in 2011

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