Video shows BlackBerry 10.2.1 powered BlackBerry Z30 running Android 4.2.2 and YouTube app

Video shows BlackBerry 10.2.1 powered BlackBerry Z30 running Android 4.2.2 and YouTube app
Yesterday, BlackBerry starting rolling out its BlackBerry 10.2.1 update. In the U.S., Verizon customers sporting the BlackBerry Z10 are the first to receive it. And, as you will be able to see from the video below, using the Nova launcher allows Android 4.2.2 to run on a BlackBerry Z30 powered by the BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS. While not everything is working as it would on an Android model, the YouTube app does open after a slight delay. This gives BlackBerry users a proper YouTube app for the first time. Currently, 'Berry users pressing the YouTube icon on their phone are re-directed to the mobile website of the streaming video service.

Back in November, we told you that the BlackBerry 10.2.1 update would include an improved version of Android Runtime, allowing more Android apps to run on a BlackBerry 10 phone. Thanks to the update, APK files do not have to be converted and can be installed directly onto an updated BB10 phone. Obviously, certain core features of Android cannot be installed and trying to download the Google Play Store results results in it crashing.

Could this be the beginning of a subtle move from BlackBerry 10 to Android for the troubled manufacturer? So far, new CEO John Chen hasn't expressed any desire to switch, but remember that this guy does have a proven track record turning around dying companies. That means that he can make the hard decisions when required to. For now though, expect no changes.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: Tomtechish



1. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

i want to see gaming

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Ha ha...this day was coming...

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Damn I love the Z30. Great phone with unique OS.

4. victory_zhou

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Every BlackBerry 10 os phone can do this as well as my q10

5. Risky_KillMoves

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

This article is putting across the wrong message in terms of Android apps being able to run on BlackBerry 10 OS, it doesn't need the Nova Launcher to run any Android app, the Android API is baked into the the BlackBerry 10 OS and with 10.2.1 the system allows you to run Android APK's without having to convert them to a BAR to be sideloaded. This OS is indeed unique, and this isn't any step towards BlackBerry making a move to go Android. I thought this was a tech site not a site where you get info from random mobile users who just figured out some the OS has been capable of doing since it's initial launch.

11. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

That's what I'm saying. They don't need to "Go" Android. Just be able to run their Apps ! . . Even "Random Mobile Users" gives this fool too much credit . . . Good job Alan F. Because of your bias, everything you write is taken with a grain of salt. . . (EVERYTHING) . . .

6. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

After update the best os at the moment wish everyone to try and never go back to android or wp

7. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Slightly delay for security benefit ... i prefer security.

8. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Dual boot phone please

9. alextheZowner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

Loving Netflix and instagram on my Z10

10. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Yeah. Who is this Clown? Was Alan F. looking for the most ambiguous video description of the update? ! ? Good thing he made absolutely no sense. That's how I define My, Trusted Resources. "Thanx, Anonymous Tipster!" . . . The update eliminates everything he was trying to make sense of. Get the Update. Download the Amazon Android App Store App. Download Apps. How much more simple could it be? My Wife downloaded Bitstrips to her Z10 this way. It worked perfectly. Have you ever even used a BB10 device to any extent Alan F.? . . I doubt it . . . For BB10 to be able to run 2 different app programs, Android, and their own, is truly what is missed here. . . foo . . .

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