BlackBerry 10.2.1 to receive improved Android Runtime
- Android Native Support: Android apps that use shared libraries written in native-code, such as C and C++, will now be supported on BlackBerry 10
- Support is limited to the recommended system headers and APIs as documented by Google. Headers and APIs outside this scope may not function correctly.
- Bluetooth: Android applications using Android Bluetooth APIs will now work on BlackBerry 10. Bluetooth Low Energy for Android is planned to be supported in a future OS release. As a reminder, Bluetooth LE is supported in the BlackBerry 10 Native/Cascades SDK.
- MapView v1: Applications that use MapView from Google Maps v1 API are now supported using OpenStreetMaps. Support for MapView v2 API is being planned for a future release.
- Share Framework: Android applications that register with the share framework in Android will now also appear as share targets on the BlackBerry 10 share menu.
- Spellcheck: Applications that use text input can now leverage support for spell checking and correction, and the ability to add words to the BlackBerry 10 dictionary.
1. DAddYE (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
I miss the point. Why not just fork android give him a better look and a business side instead of those crappy things?
12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2099; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Let them survive with their own thing which was very popular...
16. jroc74 (Posts: 3978; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I was wondering the exact same thing.
In so many words they are saying they wanna use Android, why not just go all in. BB will still have its own identity, just make a custom UI for their Android phones.
A mix of Android and QNX....might be magical.
19. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
They don't want to throw business customers whom still refuse to compromise on security under the bus. A different UI around android would just be wrapping a security swiss cheese in a different package. Still a security swiss cheese.
22. jroc74 (Posts: 3978; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Security swiss cheese...
That lil blurb tells me all there is there to know about you. Funny how BB still wants Android runtime in their environment tho.
18. tadaa (Posts: 178; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
i don't think their name holds a charm to consumers anymore. nokia might pull it off using android in developing markets but with bb i doubt it.
20. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Android lets Google raid and plunder personal/user information from Android phones. That's not Kosher with quite a few businesses that still hold security paramount.
23. jroc74 (Posts: 3978; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
If that was true....why even introduce the Android runtime into BB's environment then?
27. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
BB10 has 2 partitions or profiles: a "Personal" and a "Work". Do whatever, run whatever in the "Personal" while the "Work" is locked down.
2. criticism (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)
Why they dont switch to android and select a longer path!!!
5. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I agree. Since they're running Android apps already, why don't they just switch to Android. I mean, they could still keep their skin and BB apps so that their customers don't get confused, but with the added bonus of the Play Store and wider appeal.
3. D.Aceveda (Posts: 351; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
This is so sad. BB can't compete so they resort to running Android apps instead of just adopting Android lol
8. tatail (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
BlackBerry can compete, it is the developers who are not stepping in.. The only thing Android or Google does is build OS the rest is app developers, that is the exact same thing BlackBerry is doing build the OS.
10. D.Aceveda (Posts: 351; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
They can compete yet they officially pulled out of the consumer market to focus on enterprise. Keep drinking the BB Kool aid lol
4. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Apart from Android, BB10 is the only mobile OS that still looks professional and not like a child has splashed paint all over it. I hope they continue to improve and open their OS up to other manufacturers. It's hard to maintain an exclusive OS, unless you're a company that happens to go by the name of Apple.
6. tatail (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
I have a Galaxy Nexus, a Xperia X10 as well as a BlackBerry Z10.
The reason they are sticking with their own OS is because their operating system is better than Android, and they know it. That is all there is to it.
13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 664; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
If their OS was really better than Android then they wouldn't be loading Android runtime and having to depend on Android apps to keep it going,
24. tatail (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
They are loading Android runtime because their customers wants some apps which the app developers are not developing for their OS. So basically they are trying to get rid of the app gap.
They are not loading Android runtime because Android is better.
Have you tried running an Ubuntu port on a Galaxy Nexus or any Android device? Everything just slows down and your Android apps just start dying on you.
But, with BlackBerry 10 phone even when running two systems BB 10 and Android runtime the device doesn't slow down, everything runs buttery smooth.
Just trying to give a personal experience with the two operating Systems.
25. jroc74 (Posts: 3978; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
So...developers arent developing as much for BB OS. And you rely on another OS's apps for your own success.
How does that = BB OS is better? Or Android is worse?
Using Ubuntu as an example....does it have an Android run time? Just because it has a Linux kernel doesnt necessarily mean its just plug n play for Android apps. Different frameworks n all.
I have seen where apps run good on a Droid 1 and ran bad or had to be dumbed down for an HTC Incredible, Galaxy S 1....both phones which were supposed to be better than the Droid 1.
If BB OS really is so much better, let it stand on its own merits, dont rely on Android apps, runtime.
9. sgamao (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)
BB10 is along Android, Google's version of it, the very best os out there. Very well designed, easy to use and damn fast. It's the product of a company with some difficulties at the moment, not any other reason to fail besides that. Getting a better Android runtime it's a smart move. I guess more news are coming along 10.2.1 version.
If the company manages to stay afloat BlackBerries are going to stay the best choice for business and for people who is not, for any reason, bundled with Apple or Google's services.
I'm very happy with my Motorola, but shoud i get to choose between BB and Windows Phone i'd go for the first one 100%.
11. andrew1953 (Posts: 174; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)
Read news of Z50 and Q30 due out 2nd half of 2014. My feeling is BlackBerry need to bring out a 5.5"-6" phablet. I use a Note 2 with my Q10 for watching You Tube and Flipboard. For things too big for the small screen. Nexus 7 size would be a useful,portable device.
26. H3avyMental (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
All Blackberey has to do is make its main OS Android and put BB skin on top! Problem solved.
I would buy it.