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Android BlackBerry Messenger app due this year claim sources

RIM's BlackBerry Messenger IM service could be coming to Android, according to the latest rumors out of the Canadian company. BGR's sources claim that RIM is looking to launch feature-lite versions of BBM for Android and iOS later in 2011, in the hope of luring users across to BlackBerry phones with the promise of full functionality. The Android and iOS apps, as described, would have basic text messaging support, but not be able to share multimedia or location information. That would be limited to real BlackBerry phones. Pricing is also unconfirmed; RIM is apparently considering making the apps free, but is also looking at potentially charging for individual downloads or even an ongoing service charge. The leak comes after Facebook acquired Beluga, a popular cross-platform IM service that had been compared to BBM. [via SlashGear]

Blackberry Playbook to Support Android Apps Says Rep

It looks like MWC2011 might have gave us more information other than news about all the exciting Android Phones and Quad Core Mobile CPU's that are soon to be making way onto the mobile scene. Today news comes in the form of a YouTube video about the Blackberry Playbook Tablet. I know I know, we are all about Android here at AC. Just watch because this video has an exciting and important part, the secret words are just barely audible around 0:14 seconds into the clip. Check the full video out below.

Android apps apparently caught running on BlackBerry smartphones

Signs that RIM may be testing BlackBerry devices capable of running Android applications have been spotted, with the eagle-eyed developers responsible for ShopSavvy finding mention of various BlackBerry handsets in their flurry logs. The BlackBerry 8300, 8600 and 8520 were all caught running ShopSavvy at different times in January and February this year. Talk of RIM experimenting with an Android-compatible virtual machine on smartphones and the incoming PlayBook tablet surfaced last month, amid suggestions that the company hoped to broaden its consumer appeal by tapping into the wealth of apps available for Android devices. Whether Google will allow BlackBerry devices to access the official Android Market remains to be seen, however. [via BGR]

Pretty Girls Prefer non-Android, So Says INQ’s Frank Meehan

Speaking with mister Frank Meehan, INQ's CEO and big bossman, Mashable found that apparently Google wasn't keeping its doors open to the right crowd, instead tending to only a small cross-section of adult males. What Meehan said exactly was: "If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry, she doesn't have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It's too complicated. It's a geek device, it's all wrong." Google! How could you have been so foolish, not tending to the pretty girls!

App retailer GetJar scores venture funds

Thanks to skyrocketing sales of the Android platform amongst smart-phone users, independent mobile app retailer GetJar has scored $25 million in venture capital from such angels as Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners.  With previous investments, the total amount that GetJar has raised to create a serious Android market outlet has surpassed over $40 million.  The venture funds will enable GetJar to expand sales, marketing and engineering in order to create a leading Android app portal in a rapidly growing retail market of Android based app stores.

BlackBerry PlayBook and Handsets to Run Android Apps?

It appears that the Boy Genius Report has received several words from several sources on the following bit of news: RIM may very well be seriously considering a feature that would let BlackBerry users run Android apps on their BlackBerry devices. This is big news, especially since PlayBook is set to be a big contender in the oncoming tablet wars, with Android/BlackBerry compatibility, its power to hold the eyes of consumers may have just doubled. Research in Motion (RIM) appears to have been trying to find the road that it'd like to walk down as far as how the Java environment it's got working now will work in its upcoming QNX tablet and handsets. RIM has stated publicly that it is looking to get a Java virtual machine running on PlayBook, but they've not yet appeared to have decided what Java VM they'll end up using.

80 Percent of Verizon Phones sold are Android, BlackBerry devices in steep decline

What better way to see Android's cannibalization of RIM's BlackBerry than a graph of Verizon's smartphone sales over the 20 months? All Things Digital points to data compiled by ITG Investment Research analyst Matthew Goodman that visually details the decrease in BlackBerry sales as the market becomes more sophisticated and varied. According to the data, 80 percent of smartphone sales were Android devices in which 46 percent were DROID branded. RIM sure has a growing issue on its hands as new devices compete with the business space in mobile sales. [Via All Things Digital]

Samsung Continuum Review

Welcome to the full review of the Samsung Continuum, currently being distributed by Verizon. Inside you'll find a hard look at whether the second screen is going to be a plus, a minus, or a meh! Preview: depends on the sort of person you are. I'll show you how it works in a video, giving you a few examples of what it can do, then review the rest of the phone in turn. Take a peek!

Unboxing and Overview of Powermat Wireless Charger for HTC EVO 4G

Welcome to the future, nice to have you back again! Powermat is a wireless charger, and that's awesome. It works for smartphone and other portable devices, and works by applying a custom battery door receiver, then placing that device on the Powermat pad. If you'll remember, this sort of thing has already existed in the original Palm Pre's Touchstone charging dock, but isn't quite to the greatness of mass application yet. You've just gotta get this one now, because, you know, how could anyone wait for such a lovely thang?
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