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  1. jmimac351's Avatar
    If BlackBerry plays this right and TELLS THE STORY TO THE PUBLIC, this will have the impact they hope it will. They have to tell the public about it. If they really are planning a marketing campaign for it, that's a big deal. I don't doubt it, Chen knows...

    Developers Confirm Blackberry World will Soon be Accepting Android Apps

    Developers Confirm Blackberry World will Soon be Accepting Android Apps
    By Michael Kozlowski.

    Major game and app development companies are being approached by Blackberry to submit their apps to a new section on Blackberry World. In the past, Blackberry only accepted apps done using their own proprietary format. In the near future Blackberry will be releasing a new firmware update that will allow users to install Android apps (apk) files directly on their phone. To gear up for this transition, Blackberry will be offering Android apps for direct download in their online app store.

    At least four different game development companies at Pepcom and CES confirmed to Good e-Reader that they have been approached by Blackberry to include their productivity and gaming apps into Blackberry World. This basically requires no work on the developers part who have an existing Android app that is compatible on 4-6 inch smartphones. All the studios/developers have to do is make a new profile and submit icons/screenshots and app descriptions. Blackberry owners will be able to download and install them the same way they have been downloading apps since Blackberry 10 was released.

    Blackberry is betting big on the 10.3 firmware update that will allow native android apps to work on the Q5, Q10, Z10 and Z30. This will allow your average user to install whatever they want and not be limited. The Good e-Reader labs tested an early build of this update on the Z10 and installed our own Good e-Reader App Store. I was able to install and run every app we had. This is going to be a serious boon for people who have been let down by the dirge of apps until this point on Blackberry World.

    There is no estimated date when the new firmware update will be pushed out. Some companies have confirmed that its basically all done, but Blackberry is waiting to have at least 10,000 Android apps in their library before they start a marketing campaign.
    Last edited by elite1; 01-13-14 at 05:46 PM. Reason: Wrapped quote in [QUOTE] tags
    01-13-14 05:43 PM
  2. eldricho's Avatar
    Has been covered in this thread http://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?t=892622

    That 10.3 mention really makes me doubt it, because direct apk installation will be made possible in 10.2.1 and not 10.3 as stated

    Posted via CB10
    01-13-14 05:46 PM
  3. Elite1's Avatar
    There's already a big thread on this started a couple days ago. Please join in the discussion there.
    Here you go:

    http://forums.crackberry.com/news-ru...d-apps-892622/

    Thread closed.
    01-13-14 05:48 PM
  4. Elite1's Avatar
    Has been covered in this thread Devs Confirm BlackBerry World Soon Accepting Android Apps - BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com

    That 10.3 mention really makes me doubt it, because direct apk installation will be made possible in 10.2.1 and not 10.3 as stated

    Posted via CB10
    Thanks for sharing that too. I was already writing my post closing the thread so I didn't see yours first.

    Some people are guessing (and it's just guesses) that the release version of 10.2.1 will in the end be called a 10.3 build.
    Just saying... Lots of discussions already happening about this, and this thread is now closed.
    01-13-14 05:53 PM

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