1. hayone1's Avatar
    I don't get it. I know there are apps and games that blackberry doesn't accept because of security reasons but there shouldn't be all that much compared to the amount of apps on the play store. Why is it that a company can't just make a game for Android and port it over for use on blackberry 10 then get it released on blackberry world?

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    12-23-16 07:24 PM
  2. BB-JAM215's Avatar
    BlackBerry no longer makes BB10 devices, significant development of BB10 ended more than a year ago and as a result most developers left.

    BlackBerry 10 is now in maintenance mode and has already reached the end of its useful life for many users.
    12-23-16 07:32 PM
  3. howarmat's Avatar
    why would anyone waste the time to even port them over.
    12-23-16 07:43 PM
  4. thurask's Avatar
    A few reasons. One, the BB10 Android runtime is Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), so anything that targets newer APIs is out. Then, even the app does support Android of that vintage, there are no Google Play services on BB10, so copying the app over would require stripping them out and making do without. Lastly, the dwindling user base and developer appeal of BB10 means that the developer won't get much reward out of it anyway.

    Not to mention all of the 1:1 screen devices.
    12-23-16 07:47 PM
  5. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    Great points already.

    Time and resources are limited. There really isn't ROI in the porting process.
    12-24-16 12:40 AM
  6. rthonpm's Avatar
    Thurask stated the main reasons, but there are also very few major applications that don't rely on Google services to do some of the major lifting for things like location or other services instead of having to build a unique system.

    The runtime on BlackBerry 10, and the PlayBook before that, was originally developed as a shortcut for developers to wrap their existing apps into a BlackBerry file format instead of completely re-writing their application. When the adoption of the OS fell well below what BlackBerry hoped, they made the runtime less of a developer feature and more of a selling point by adding features such as a direct install of APK files. The runtime as an underlying system doesn't have the capability to access all of the native features of the handset and doesn't offer the same speed or performance as a native operating system.

    Even with these limitations, outside of Amazon no major developers really took the time to look at BlackBerry since the popular opinion, reflected in sales figures, was that the company was going nowhere and with Google updating API's and features in native Android, why maintain a limited feature app along with a true Android and iOS version?

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    12-24-16 09:38 AM

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