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Difference Between Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and Blackberry Tablet OS QNX

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) vs Blackberry Tablet OS QNX

The Blackberry Tablet OS, which is based on QNX, is Blackberry’s attempt to stabilize their faltering position in the portable devices market. It is currently targeted towards tablets, but Blackberry is also planning to use it to replace the current Blackberry OS. Its main difference with Android OS from Google is availability. The Honeycomb, which is version 3.0 of Android and is optimized for tablets, is currently out in the market today in a handful of tablets with a lot more coming in the next few months. In comparison, the Blackberry Tablet OS is going to be released on the Blackberry Playbook so buyers would still have no idea how the Blackberry Tablet OS would perform.

A purported feature of the Blackberry Tablet OS is its ability to run Android apps. Currently, there is no way to confirm if it works totally or even partially. If this works, it would be a good thing for Blackberry as Android already has hundreds of thousands of apps in its marketplace. There is no discussion on whether Android 3.0 would be able to run apps made for the Blackberry Tablet OS, but given that there is virtually none yet, it is of little consequence to Android users.

Blackberry failed to announce, intentionally or unintentionally, the battery life of the Playbook. This lead to speculations that the Blackberry Tablet OS is power hungry which isn’t a good thing for a portable device. Hopefully, Blackberry can address this problem before the Blackberry Tablet OS makes its debut. Android 3.0 has already been tested and performs quite nicely in terms of battery life so there’s no doubt about it.

Lastly, there is a wide gap between the number of devices that you would find either OS in. The Blackberry Tablet OS, as previously mentioned, is only available on the Playbook, and it is doubtful that it would be used by companies other than Blackberry. On the other hand, Android 3.0 is used by many manufacturers, including: HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and many others. So you have a lot of freedom when choosing the specs of the device you want. Either you want a plain-Jane device, a super-fast device, or an innovative device (i.e. 3D). If so, you are more likely to find it running Android 3.0 than the Blackberry Tablet OS.


1. Android 3.0 is already here while the Blackberry Tablet OS isn’t.
2. The Blackberry Tablet OS is reportedly able to run Android apps but not the other way around.
3. Android 3.0 has considerably more apps than the Blackberry Tablet OS.
4. Android 3.0 is better at conserving power than the Blackberry Tablet OS.
5. Android 3.0 is utilized by more devices than the Blackberry Tablet OS.

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