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BlackBerry 10.2.1 to receive improved Android Runtime

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BlackBerry 10.2.1 to receive improved Android Runtime
BlackBerry revealed some of the improvements that will come with the 10.2.1 version of the BlackBerry OS. The latest version of the OS will feature improved Android Runtime, thus allowing wider range of Android apps to run on the supported devices. BlackBerry announced that the 10.2.1 SDK for their mobile operating system will soon be available to developers and testers. A beta release of BlackBerry Tools for Android with new featured and several bug fixes will also be available.

Here is the changelog with some of the upcoming improvements:

  • 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.

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