Snap for BB10 lets BlackBerry owners browse Google Play, download previously purchased apps
The latest update to BB OS 10 handed 'Berry devotees the ability to side-load Android apps. However pushing your .apk's on a BlackBerry handset is a bit of a chore, thus users opted for the Amazon store or other 3rd party app markets. However, having access to Google Play is the icing on the cake, and Snap delivers it.
Snap basically lets you browse Google Play's vast catalog on your BB10 device with no unwelcome feelings. The app's interface looks exactly how you'd imagine the Play store will look on a BlackBerry, which should help you feel at home in Google-land.
Snap is made by J.P. Muir, a developer who got annoyed with the manual .apk side-loading process. It appears the man is doing a rocking job at supporting and expanding his disruptive creation, as the recent update to v2 adds the ability to download one's previously purchased Android apps on a BB handset. The user simply has to log-in with a Google account, and go through the familiar hoops.
Bear in mind that auto-updating of Google Play apps isn't mentioned anywhere, and not all applications are going to download and run flawlessly. But the most popular ones, including Google and Facebook's, Snapchat, Netflix and the like, are a given.
If you want to journey into Android's app nexus, Snap is available from the links below.
Snap for BB OS 10 screenshots
1. BBGrind (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
I had all previous versions, but this last one allowed me to get my Slingbox player on my Z10 and is working great. I saw the Super Bowl on it yesterday.
3. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Good for the BB crew.
This might encourage growth.
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
It would be in RIMs best interest to promote the crap out of this app, maybe even in their advertising. Im sure people will be more receptive to getting a BB10 phone if they knew they could still using their android apps in an easy manner like this.
7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
This will encourage people to give Blackberries if they already have android so they won't have to rebuy all the apps they already had. Very smart move to make the transition easier.
In my opinion it would make sense for Blackberry to partner with Google and have an official Google Play store available and take a small cut of the apps bought on Blackberry phones.
5. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2042; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
One has to wonder how long can BB survive on Android apps without much native support.