RIM plans to add support for running existing Android 2.x apps on its upcoming PlayBook tablet to narrow its “app gap,” but also fears retribution from Oracle were it to use Android’s Dalvik Virtual Machine to do so.
Letting Android apps run on PlayBook won’t help RIM close the “app gap.” It will only give developers even LESS of a reason to write native RIM apps for it.
Almsot every day that goes by, RIM looks more and more like it’s going downhill right along with Microsoft. They’re basically pinning all their hopes on Apps somehow not being important in the near future. I think Google was planning on the same happening, but seems to have recently seen the light.
This is why I’m a bit more optimistic about HP’s chances, given how good the TouchPad looks. HP has an “app gap” too, but at least they’re trying their hardest to solidify their own platform by running WebOS on PCs, thereby increasing the installed base of users faster, rather than giving up on their own platform altogether like RIM seems to be.