BlackBerry Smartphones already running Android apps?!

Yes, we've all heard the rumors about the BlackBerry PlayBook possibly having the ability to run Android apps but have you heard that BlackBerry smartphones are already running them? If the data from ShopSavvy is in anyway accurate then they'd have you believe it's already happening. As noted on their blog they have been tracking devices checking out their services via Flurry, an analytics service and according what they found within that is that at least three BlackBerry devices have been running their Android app:

  • BlackBerry 8300 ran ShopSavvy on January 31, 2011
  • BlackBerry 8600 ran ShopSavvy on January 17 and 24, 2011
  • BlackBerry 8520 ran ShopSavvy on February 7, 2011

That's all fine and dandy but -- what is a BlackBerry 8600? Previously and during testing, the BlackBerry Curve 9300 was named the BlackBerry 8600 but that has long since been changed as the device came to market. So that really only leaves a few conclusions. Either RIM is working on making Android apps run on the BlackBerry Platform and they are using a really old pre-release BlackBerry for testing or -- someone is having some fun with messing around with their browser identification strings and making it look as though they are using a BlackBerry device when indeed, they are not.

Source: ShopSavvy, Thanks, everyone who sent this in!