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Friend tells me Google Play coming with 10.2.1
Told me this from what he did today at work
It's news to me, may be old to others
***update 11/11/13 If I can say something, the title of the thread was altered by someone. I just uploaded the conversation and my title wasn't good I guess (original was "Info from a friend" I believe). Well anyways, this is the conversation I had, he never said it comes WITH GOOGLE PLAY. He just said you can "dl Google playstore", never said from where or how or that it's officially Google Certified. This was a conversation just between me, him and friends. It was never intended to blow up into a large debate, fake pictures, attempts to confirm of negotiations between 2 companies and making people go crazy. Only the company knows how they got Google Playstore, no one can obviously say too much. I asked what I could, he answered what he could. But in the end we'll have to wait and see, maybe we blew this up to the point where they make it official, or to where Google as to step in and block the ability altogether, or we may have limitations or we just have to sideload it. I'm not sure what to think of everyone else's source. This is what he did at work and what I was told
**Had to reload picture of conversation
Last edited by ekayallday; 11-11-2013 at 10:18 PM.
- 11-07-2013, 06:22 PM #2
The Runtime being available for DL from BB World has nothing to do with Google Play.
Every BB10 device has the Runtime built in. This is a (minor) update to it for devices running 10.2.
What does your friend do? Why does he think this is happening?
I think he's mistaken, but would love to hear more and be proven wrong.Saving the world, one OS at a time...
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- 11-07-2013, 06:31 PM #4
ekayallday, please block out the profanity in your first image so I don't have to remove it.
I'll give you an hour to do so.
Thanks for your cooperation.
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- 11-07-2013, 06:36 PM #6
On android, in order to get Google play, you must allow Google services. Reason why Amazon tablets don't run the play store. So how exactly would BlackBerry work that one out?
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- 11-07-2013, 07:19 PM #13
Google and BlackBerry has recently entered an agreement to bypass the Open Alliance relationship so that BlackBerry can deploy Google Play onto BlackBerry 10 as well as enable the currently disabled Google Services Framework (GSF) embedded into the runtime. Meaning not only in the future will users be able to download apps directly from Google Play on device, every single native functionality will be available for use. In plain English, every single Android application will work without the need to sideload, without the need for a debug token or any form of method to enable functionality to work. But you'll need to be on a 10.2.1 build or higher.
All native functionality of Android is fully in the runtime right now. It's just disabled or blacklisted by BlackBerry. It's not difficult to reenable and now they have full permission to.
This is the reason the leaked 10.2.1 builds have ceased. Current builds and radios are currently PIN-Locked meaning if you try to load them onto your device without your PIN being whitelisted, your device will brick. In the higher 10.2.1 builds the new functionality has been added in so users now have access to Google Play and a new runtime that unleashes the potential of Android apps. As far as I am aware, widgets and other applications will continue to not be able to work but applications such as Google Maps will have full access to GSF and other frameworks required for the application to function at 100%. They have curbed the leaks with the intention to hide the fact this is forthcoming. The explanation for hiding it is the sale of the company, fixing the app ecosystem would obviously cause the stocks to raise when BB10 users could download thousands upon thousands of more applications where they work exactly like they do on a native android device and the stock holders would obviously reject a lowball deal if the stock is at 12? 15? 17? dollars after such an announcement. Select BlackBerry employees are now internally testing it.
He's not mistaken. I have personally seen it running and I have a number of BlackBerry employees on my BBM who have told me about it. Michael Cowley on Twitter confirmed 10.2.1 is coming sooner than what the normal timeframe is and that's because of them enabling Google Play and full runtime functionality. Furthermore when I talked to Brian Zubert about ways to fix the Google Maps API usage in Android apps so I could successfully port my banking application, he told me to wait because "something big is coming that is right up your alley and to watch the BlackBerry blog" which translates to "you wont need to remove Google Maps because soon your application will work without problem"
NOTE: Brian is not my source of the information nor has he leaked anything.
I mean, go ahead and say I'm BSing or lying but it's no coincidence that 10.2.1 leaks have magically stopped occurring and that random people other than myself are getting the same information leaked to them where our stories match one another. The 10.2.1 builds are up to four digits now and we only have early stage full builds.
Last edited by BergerKing; 11-09-2013 at 07:27 AM. Reason: Edited profanity.BlackBerry History: 8220 > 9800 > 9810 > 9900 > DevAlpha A > Z10 > Z30
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- 11-07-2013, 07:25 PM #16
If they could do that it would be BIGSent from me using my fingers. Be pantless in 5K. Febreze - for more than smells.
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- 11-07-2013, 07:25 PM #17
Exactly. I don't even know who the hell you are or your friend is but I can verify the legitimacy of your friend. I have heard it from 3 different BlackBerry employees and seen it first hand in front of me.BlackBerry History: 8220 > 9800 > 9810 > 9900 > DevAlpha A > Z10 > Z30
- 11-07-2013, 07:31 PM #20
Do note that once this happens, any application can be ported over (other than non-applications like widgets) without having to change Google Map library dependencies to BlackBerry friendly etc.BlackBerry History: 8220 > 9800 > 9810 > 9900 > DevAlpha A > Z10 > Z30
- 11-07-2013, 07:31 PM #21
I'm a little bit skeptical, but I could see Google agreeing to this. After all, it's just more money for Google from app purchases, while BlackBerry can (hopefully) move more handsets. However, they'd have to convince them that Android Player is up to snuff, and at least in 10.2.0, I don't think it is. Don't get me wrong, it's great and all, but look at Instagram as a prime example - commenting and video uploads are basically impossible. But hey, maybe they've made some crucial improvements in 10.2.1 - I haven't fiddled enough with the leaks we have to know.Passport (10.3.1.1016) | Z30 (10.3.1.821) | Lumia 1020 (WP8.1, Lumia Cyan) | Surface Pro 3 (256GB i5)
- 11-07-2013, 07:32 PM #22
The ONE thing that bothers me with all of this......remember Kris and the Instagram debacle? Yeah, that.In BBRY we trust
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- 11-07-2013, 07:36 PM #24
What would BlackBerry do about the apps on Google Play that don't work on the Dalvik VM even when unlocked?
How would they stop someone from downloading or worse buying something that just crashes because it uses something that isn't supported in the VM and then writing a bad review in Google Play and harassing the developers because they think it's the app's fault?
That's not going to impress Google Play's developers and pretty soon "BlackBerry 10 with Google Play" will be known as the platform where a Google Play app might run....or it might hurl up the contents of its binary stomach all over your phone's screen, it's like a lucky dip.
Hey! That's what they could call the BlackBerry version of Google Play.....Google Lucky Dip!
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