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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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posted on 14 Jun 2013, 02:41

1. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

That's cool!!
Hoping for more improvements

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 02:58

2. mi55u (unregistered)

Is root required?

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 03:02 6

3. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Bb can't live without android, what a parasite

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 16:09 4

8. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 03:24

4. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1039; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 16:10 1

9. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 05:23 2

5. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

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

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 06:11

6. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 09:33 1

7. x78_nothing (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Feb 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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