Bloomberg has been fanning the rumor mill today with some tidbits from “three people familiar with the plan” for RIM’s QNX OS. These “three people” requested to not be identified because the effort is obviously not public but they are confirming that QNX BlackBerry smartphones will also run the Android Player in “early” 2012. According to one of these “people” the Android app player is the same one as RIM is working on for the PlayBook and it is being “tweaked to fit the different screen size and resolution of various BlackBerry models.” They also said that RIM plans on having this Android player installed on the QNX phones at launch and not as an upgrade like they are doing for the PlayBook.
One of the people also confirmed that RIM is planning on issuing a PlayBook OS update in September that “adds a dedicated email program and BlackBerry Messenger.” Two of the people stated that the PlayBook Android Player “may come later on in the year.”
In other words these rumors don’t really confirm or deny anything we didn’t already know or assume. Still aren’t rumors fun? 🙂