BlackBerry 10.2.1 to receive improved Android Runtime

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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26 Comments

1. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 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: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Let them survive with their own thing which was very popular...

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 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: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

21. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

Tinfoil hats, eh?

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Basically. If that was true....why even introduce the Android runtime into BB's environment then?

27. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 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: Sep 12, 2013

Why they dont switch to android and select a longer path!!!

5. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 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: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 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: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

They can compete yet they officially pulled out of the consumer market to focus on enterprise. Keep drinking the BB Kool aid lol

14. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol I wonder what it tastes like

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

7. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

LOL!!!

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 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,

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly.

24. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 15; Member since: Feb 12, 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: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 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: Nov 19, 2013

All Blackberey has to do is make its main OS Android and put BB skin on top! Problem solved. I would buy it.

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