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Android apps said to be quite zippy on BlackBerry 10.3

Android apps said to be quite zippy on BlackBerry 10.3
Here is some good news for those BlackBerry 10 users who like to use Android apps on their 'Berry phones. Android runtime is getting updated to Android 4.3 on BlackBerry 10.3. Those who have tested the update say that Android apps open in less than two seconds, a major improvement over the speed at which these apps open in BlackBerry 10.2.

And in BlackBerry 10.3, Android runtime will appear on the BlackBerry native apps sharing menu. Considering that developers aren't exactly beating down the doors to deliver native BlackBerry apps, it definitely helps to have the manufacturer continue to make improvements in this area.

There are also many non-Android improvements in the new BlackBerry OS build. On Monday, we told you about some of these new features that are coming. Some of what will seem new to 'Berry users in 10.3, are things that Android and iOS users have had on their phones for awhile. We're talking about features like actionable notifications that might not be exciting anymore for Android users, but could seem like a big deal for BlackBerry users.

source: BerryReview

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posted on 14 May 2014, 02:02 5

1. Manti123 (Posts: 106; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


So why don't you buy an Android phone from the beginning instead of buying a phone with a limited OS and then download Android apps on it?.
So ridiculous Blackberry. Just try to build your own apps. No need for silly copying.

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:09 1

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2434; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


As I've said previously, BlackBerry should buy Cyanogen and make an open source secure version of Android which can be licensed to the up and coming Chinese Android HW makers. This would enable BlackBerry to ride a huge growth wave... something the company sorely needs after so many years of implosion.

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:14 1

3. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 65; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


OK so you want that a company which was on the verge of being sold should buy another successful company who is putting in a great effort to be a well established one especially when its efforts are bearing delicious fruits...

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:18 1

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2434; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


BlackBerry, contrary to public belief, is a company that has a lot of IP and know how when it comes to security and messaging. Cyanogen doesn't have these things and is basically just a startup. There is some chance BlackBerry could ruin Cyanogen, this is true. But business involves risk.

From an investment perspective, this sort of deal could be a massive money maker -- and change the future of Android in a good way.

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:39

9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 789; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I like the idea, this would certainly help BlackBerry out a lot, BUT do they have the cash to make such an acquisition happen? The Cyanogen team seem very loyal to Android OEMs and seem to be getting closer to Oppo.

Anyway, I like the idea, it's certainly risky, but what more can BB do at this point? And with their knowledge in security and dat encryption, the Chinese OEMs will lap it up in large numbers.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:23

26. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


again..... its a stupid idea.

why?

BB 10.2.1 is awesome as f****!

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:09 1

23. sgodsell (Posts: 1004; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You get the best of both worlds. You get the great fast and responsive blackberry 10 OS with the highest compatibility html5 browser on the planet. You get to install and run web apps and you get to install and run Android apps in a protected environment. Win, Win. I see most of the comments on here are from people who currently don't own or use a blackberry 10 device.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:06

37. tedkord (Posts: 4459; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


How is CM a successful company? They have one product which isn't even released yet. And in a minor player in the industry, no less. They're a startup, and so is the company making the phone they're loaded on.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:21

25. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


haha... what a stupid idea

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:12 3

8. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


" Just try to build your own apps"
They have and its fantastic.

"No need for silly copying."
copying?

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:23

27. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


yes!!

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:44 4

13. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Couldn't agree more, if you want android apps why not buy an android phone to begin with instead of buying a blackberry,

posted on 14 May 2014, 05:16 4

15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I think I agree with you. Chen should push for native app development rather than bettering support for apps written for another platform. Android apps will do them good now, but in the long term, native app development will be better for them and the OS as a whole. The apps should be natively coded and should look according to the aesthetics and UI of the platform.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:23

48. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Chen does push for native apps. But it's been a slow process. In the meantime, not only are there Android sdk's for BlackBerry, but there are many very nice third party apps for BlackBerry. iGrann, for instance, is a feature rich instagram client for BlackBerry, much like 6tag is for WP.

posted on 14 May 2014, 21:45

63. AJagtiani (Posts: 372; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


But WP has an official Instagram app, which BB10 doesn't. That's what NFTW is trying to say.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:22

19. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Still trolling every BlackBerry article huh junior?

It's amazing... At least other trolls like JohnNokia and Manti123 comment on other articles. But not you... You just troll BlackBerry articles. You literally have no comments elsewhere.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:41 1

38. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Is this comment directed to me?

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:25 1

44. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


No. Its directed at Nikolas.Oliver, PA's very own BlackBerry troll supreme.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:26

49. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Damn, Nikolas...aren't you an Android fan? So how come you only comment on BlackBerry articles? Is it because you secretly love BlackBerry? That must be it. The only other option is that you're a sad little troll with no life whatsoever.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:20 3

18. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


1. The BB10 OS isn't limited at all. You must be thinking of iOS and WP.

2. People are going to buy what they like. I know it's a hard concept for trolls like you to understand, but try to use that limited brain capacity for something other than trolling.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:29

33. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


haha yes :)

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:46 1

39. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Nobody's trolling BB10 here dude. Its a great OS and has some features that are on par or better than iOS, Android & WP. The only thing I'm trying to say is that Chen should push for native development rather than improving performance of apps written natively for another platform. There's nothing better than native apps offering full features and aesthetics of the UI. Also, it's not advisable relying on another OS's app store for your app needs. The only thing OSes like WP & BB10 need are apps. Now WP is seeing a steady growth in terms of quality apps as MS is providing more incentives for developers to code for the platform. Even Chen should follow suit and provide more incentives for BB10's developers to code native apps and provide a complete experience for their users.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:52 1

40. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Very well said sir.

+1

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:27 2

45. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Never said you were.

Nikolas.Oliver is a notorious BlackBerry troll. Even says so in his PA bio. He doesn't comment on any other article, just BlackBerry ones, and always offers nothing of substance and states lies with no facts.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:28 1

32. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


btw. Troll detected

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:56 1

41. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Because maybe someone wants the BlackBerry 10 experience. What's it to you? If you have an Android phone and are happy with it, then fine. Stop trolling BlackBerry articles and let others do as they please.

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:27

5. tacarat (Posts: 130; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


I hope it runs "Samsung Smart Switch" properly XD

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:01 1

6. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


So wait a minute, Android apps will work zippier on another platform than on their own Android OS?

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:08 3

7. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Read the article.

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:42

11. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'm sorry. My bad.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:25

29. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


no, you are just dumb. thats it

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:40 2

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 789; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


-_- did you even read the article?

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:42

35. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3030; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


TROLL MUCH, indirectly like a coward. :(

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:43 5

12. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Yeah even instagram lags on my ftiend's Z10,seems legit tho.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:25 2

20. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


You've already been proven a liar about this on numerous occasions. Show proof or be gone troll.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:29

50. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Stop lying, Nik. No one can take your comments seriously, especially since you put in your bio that you hate all things BlackBerry. Again, you shot yourself in the foot.

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:08

14. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


The last paragraph is somehow funny.

posted on 14 May 2014, 06:44

16. livyatan (Posts: 675; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


No wonder since BB OS has by far the best, simplest, most flexible and stable source code out of any mobile OS's.

posted on 14 May 2014, 07:53

17. realtrevor (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Actionable notifications arrived a while ago with 10.2.1

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:28

21. tokuzumi (Posts: 252; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Blackberry should just make their OS a forked version of Android, like Amazon does with their Kindle tablets. That way, pretty much all native Android apps will just work, and as we have seen, you can skin Android pretty much any way you would like, so you could have a very different looking OS. Plus, BB could make the necessary mods to make Android secure for enterprise, and sell that to companies, or even the manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, Sony, etc). While it's good to have options for which OS to use, when your company is hardly registering on any sales statistics, perhaps it's time to look at alternatives.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:26 1

30. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


omg... i have to puke...

bb10 is awesome... no android s**t version needed..

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:50

36. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3030; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


now you are pathetic, you are just a fanboy/girl, who is still delusionally stuck in glorious BB 2005 years. I respect BB for their fighting spirit, and hate the needless trolling, but you are just lame.

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:12

43. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


shut up :)

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:52

56. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3030; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Fck off. Dont ever show up.

posted on 14 May 2014, 14:19 1

58. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


you damn pussy ^^ haha

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:35

51. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Okay tokuzumi:

One: BlackBerry should not now or ever make a skinned version of Android. BB10 is an AWESOME OS, which I'm sure you never even tried, or you wouldn't make such comments.

Two: You say BlackBerry is hardly registering on anyone's sales statistics. That statement is COMPLETELY FALSE. BlackBerry still sells very well in some developing countries and BlackBerry totally DOMINATES the enterprise / government sectors. Their sales in those sectors are GREAT. Perhaps it's time you did some more research about BlackBerry.

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:30 1

34. isprobi (Posts: 193; Member since: 30 May 2011)


If all you wan to run is Android apps then yes you should buy a Android phone. The idea here is that most basic apps like email, messaging, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more are already native. But some specific things like Netflix for instance are not available as a native app. People should at least give BlackBerry credit for being able to build a new phone OS based on the tried and true QNX platform. Features like the Hub make it different and more productive. And having a common build eliminates the mess that is so frustrating every time you switch brands of Android phones. And you get more device format choices than Apple, Android or WP.

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:02 3

42. AJagtiani (Posts: 372; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


R.I.P BlackBerry

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:31 3

46. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


RIP your ridiculous, asinine trolling.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:42 1

54. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Ajerktiani,

Find something better to do with your sad life.

posted on 14 May 2014, 19:25

61. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wp and BB are in the same feat

WP should more like fade away

posted on 14 May 2014, 21:47

64. AJagtiani (Posts: 372; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


WP has 4% market share. BB10 has 1%. Same feat my ass.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:18 2

47. apiskula (Posts: 565; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


If I am running android apps it sure will be on an Android phone. Not a piece of junk Blackberry. RIP RIM, Blackberry whatever you call yourself these days

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:41 1

53. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


If BlackBerry is a piece of junk, then why do you bother to constantly comment on BlackBerry articles? If you're this big Android fan then why don't you comment on ANY Android articles on PhoneArena? I'll tell you why:

One: you just don't have a life.

Two: You secretly love BlackBerry. Just admit it. It's ok. #ComeBackToBlack.

posted on 14 May 2014, 21:48

65. AJagtiani (Posts: 372; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Why are you begging for people to come back to BB? NO ONE'S EVER GONNA COME BACK TO A DEAD OS. RIP BB & its ignorant fans.

posted on 14 May 2014, 14:09 1

57. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


I think you've been butthurt by BlackBerry. That's the only explanation.

posted on 14 May 2014, 14:23 1

59. Zeeya (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


funny... :D

Android is the real Junk... thats why it is so affordable...
Junk for the mass.

posted on 14 May 2014, 19:27

62. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Jealous

posted on 14 May 2014, 21:51

67. AJagtiani (Posts: 372; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Ignore this alphatroll dude. He's just lost his mind supporting a dead OS

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:48 2

55. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Android apps are not really that native besides Google Services. They are very one size fits all in terms of how they perform. I have 8 Android apps on my Z10, all of which experience a slight lag upon opening and then flawless function afterward. However, Items like Snap2Chat, Whine, RSS Savvy, and a litany of games are quite well designed for the platform.

Whether BlackBerry makes it or not remains to be seen, but as a user of many mobile operating systems, I am thoroughly impressed with the progress and attention to detail. They are giving their user base choice when they offer Android runtime. These are things every Android supporter tends to use in an argument of OS supremacy.

BlackBerry came out with a regularly updated, speedy and stable operating system that is not only top notch in the security field, but versatile in terms of app installation. I have seen nothing but ridicule from close minded individuals, who have virtually no axe to grind with the company. Many of the people who troll it, have never even owned a BlackBerry or used the latest operating system. That is the sad state of affairs we have in the comments section nowadays.

I know this was long winded, but if you really want to see the OS perform, don't just take some feeble minded hack's word for it. Go out and pick up the device for yourself and see what your feelings are about it. You will be willfully surprised with how well the OS has been addressed since the OS 5, 6, or even 7 days. You will also find some things that are neither on your device or well executed.

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