Update to BlackBerry 10.2 to bring support for Android 4.2.2

Update to BlackBerry 10.2 to bring support for Android 4.2.2
You might recall that back in 2011, BlackBerry offered a way for owners of its BlackBerry PlayBook to run Android Apps on the slate, based on Android 2.3.3. For some of you, that Android build sounds like something that Thomas Edison used when he said, "Watson, come here. I need help with my router." So fast forward we go to 2013 and once again, the team at Waterloo has the brilliant idea (no sarcasm) to let BlackBerry users experience apps from Android 4.2.2.

The reason this is a very smart move on the Canadian OEM's part is because not many developers are excited about taking the risk and spending the time, money and effort required to write an app for a platform that has not earned its stripes yet. So by allowing Android apps to run on the BB10 platform, apps that might not have been written for BlackBerry become available for BlackBerry users to use. If you don't think that the lack of one particular app is a big deal, consider the way Instagram knock-offs have populated the Windows Phone Store.

BlackBerry announced on Thursday the beta release of the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and Plug-in for Android Development Tools for BlackBerry 10.2. Features from Gingerbread will continue to be supported along with new Android Jelly Bean features like Fragments, embedded fragments, animation framework and hardware acceleration. BlackBerry wants to remind you code jockeys out there that this is just a beta release, so there will be bugs for the time being. While support for JellyBean will come later this summer in the BlackBerry 10.2 device simulator, developers can check to see if their apps run over Jelly Bean by snagging the BlackBerry 10.2 Beta SDK OS.

The Android Runtime tools now cover Android SDK levels 10 through 17 which covers about two years worth of Android OS builds. To see how to use all of these tools, visit the sourcelink. For Android developers, this opens up their wares to a smaller audience that is dying for some quality apps. 

source: BlackBerry via AndroidPolice

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9 Comments

1. ihatesmartphone unregistered

That's cool!! Hoping for more improvements

2. mi55u unregistered

Is root required?

3. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Bb can't live without android, what a parasite

8. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They can live without android. But they can't live without apps.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Very nice, I wonder how well the BB phones will run the apps and games though e.g. Grand Theft Auto.

9. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I think BB phones will run smoothly. BB 10 devices have pretty hardware.

5. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 616; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

This could be a game changer for BB as long as the ported apps run smoothly.

6. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

A happy moment for blackberry users. Hope it will stabalize their position.

7. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

only if you know how great this OS (QNX) even with current version 10.1 + little tricky instagram can work flawless, temple run and many more games + apps. Just imagine next month BB10 can grab almost android apps base 4.2.2 and contrary to mostly of android user still stuck on GB or ICS or JB 4.1 lol

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