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  1. thurask's Avatar
    My source (read: employee at BB headquarters, software division) told me that BB had an Android Passport ready for launch almost a year ago but Google wouldn't let them release it because of the screen. The 1:1 aspect ratio messed up nearly all of the available apps and Google's TOS wouldn't allow BB to black bar that many apps.
    Probably this one: http://crackberry.com/blackberry-pas...-blackberry-10
    08-10-16 10:22 AM
  2. Dunt Dunt Dunt's Avatar
    Lot of us PlayBook users still waiting for someone to crack the boot rom and allow us to install Android.....

    Sometime when BlackBerry launches a new devices, they do leave some holes open... But both the PlayBook OS and BB10 OS are now way past the point of being hacked very easily.
    08-10-16 10:52 AM
  3. kfehling's Avatar
    My source (read: employee at BB headquarters, software division) told me that BB had an Android Passport ready for launch almost a year ago but Google wouldn't let them release it because of the screen. The 1:1 aspect ratio messed up nearly all of the available apps and Google's TOS wouldn't allow BB to black bar that many apps.
    This sounds suspicious to me. If Blackberry was ready to launch, they must have tested it to some degree to see that it worked and ran most common apps without an issue. If Android is essentially open source and the only requirement is to have the splash screen at startup, why would Google stop them? I mean no disrespect when I say this; just questioning the reasoning. Good to know though.
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    08-10-16 11:42 AM
  4. anon(9742832)'s Avatar
    I wont bet on that. BB10 is promised to continue. Makes sense that the PP be reserved for BB10. Beyond that OK for Android.
    If that's true..I am there......if not..............rats.
    08-10-16 12:04 PM
  5. Supa_Fly1's Avatar
    Anything is possible within internal testing units.
    We here are talking about the actual already-sold units.
    It is not possible.
    A manufacturer is not allowed to convert the OS to Android after they have sold it to the customer.

    That is it. Like it or not. Passport is linked to BlackBerry 10.

    Posted via CB10
    Can you show me where in the specific current article of the OHA that specifically states your third sentence above, quoted, please?!

    Or is this conjecture of perception?!


     P A S S P O R T | O.G. Fish! //;=>
    08-10-16 08:37 PM
  6. Lostboy5151's Avatar
    08-11-16 04:49 PM
  7. kkoo's Avatar
    And here I am trying to convert my Android into a Passport!

    Convert my Passport to Android?-marteau1.gif
    08-11-16 04:57 PM
  8. MICHAEL RUBABA1's Avatar
    I wish blackberry would produce an os on the passport that coverts to android to keep the beautiful structure of th phone useful

    Posted via the CrackBerry App for Android
    08-12-16 12:50 AM
  9. ArtieVandalay's Avatar
    Cannot be done, well nice idea but not worth it for Passport, because Google will not, the rendering for the apps etc prevents this.
    08-14-16 06:55 PM
  10. Kyle Montanaro's Avatar
    It's the Form Factor, mates...

    I understand our friend here. I also have a Passport and had been daily trying to find ways to get rid of BB10 and install Android on it until I gave up and found a cheap and nasty Priv. If I ever manage to put Android on the Passport, I think I'll be split about which one to use as my daily drive. Those who say "If you want an Android, get something else" are not understanding what we love about the Passport is the Form Factor. There's nothing like it out there. And although I have gotten used to the Hub, as soon as I was back on a 'droid, I found no use for it. In fact, I disabled the notifications from it and continued using the Gmail app as well as other apps individually. To me, nothing comes close with the way Gmail organises the emails. What I really hated about BB10 was the fact that every advertisement rang me an email notification and i had to get rid of them one by one, whereas Gmail, sorts it out under the "social" and "promotions" tabs and lets me work in peace and reduces the clutter.

    But maybe that's just me.

    Point is: Blackberry have a very small audience, and between us, there are a lot of different preferences. The best way to hold on to the last few people that are following it, is to allow a system to adapt to the individual. There are many disappointed customers out there: some who want an Android on the Passport and some who want a BB10 on the Priv.
    09-17-16 05:18 AM
  11. kfehling's Avatar
    This. I could not have said it better.

    Posted via the CrackBerry App for Android
    09-17-16 11:38 AM
  12. magicdesign's Avatar
    I am hoping that they eventually launch an Android passport, and when they do, they release an autoloader for old bb10 passports to convert to Android...
    09-18-16 05:00 AM
  13. thurask's Avatar
    I am hoping that they eventually launch an Android passport, and when they do, they release an autoloader for old bb10 passports to convert to Android...
    Hand delivered on a unicorn, right?
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    09-21-16 08:52 AM
  14. magicdesign's Avatar
    No, not by a unicorn. (high supply chain costs)

    The first part about android passports is an easy and cheap option. They have already designed the handset, and I am sure they will have a warehouse full of them somewhere.

    Its the second part which is the long shot - but it would make sense and immediately give them a larger android customer base for future paid services. It would also build an almost deceased customer loyalty back up within commercial as well as consumer markets.
    09-21-16 08:58 AM
  15. thurask's Avatar
    No, not by a unicorn. (high supply chain costs)

    The first part about android passports is an easy and cheap option. They have already designed the handset, and I am sure they will have a warehouse full of them somewhere.

    Its the second part which is the long shot - but it would make sense and immediately give them a larger android customer base for future paid services. It would also build an almost deceased customer loyalty back up within commercial as well as consumer markets.
    For your first point, there's little evidence for this warehouse of Oslos (as the one specimen on video identified itself) as opposed to the Oslo being a limited run prototype. You'd think there'd be more than one ever spotted otherwise. Maybe if they reconfigured it to a 3:2 screen so that most Android apps don't have scaling issues, but that's more work.

    As for the second, the development cost of porting BlackBerry modified Android to the chipsets and other components of previous BlackBerry devices, (neither the DTEK nor the Priv are on the same chipset as prior devices) for maybe $12/year/user (keep in mind, Hub services are free on DTEK/Priv) is not feasible. Unless you expect them to charge for this upgrade.
    09-21-16 09:30 AM
  16. Pamoda Weerawansha's Avatar
    Have you guys seen this?



    Posted via CB10
    09-21-16 10:10 AM
  17. zulahu hadejia's Avatar
    Yes you can side load android apps via apk
    10-04-16 10:29 AM
  18. tattoogunman's Avatar
    Isn't there someone on here who has a Passport running Android? I understand it may have been a one off, but it's clearly possible. I've read about it on another site as well.
    10-04-16 01:40 PM
  19. thurask's Avatar
    Isn't there someone on here who has a Passport running Android? I understand it may have been a one off, but it's clearly possible. I've read about it on another site as well.
    The guy had to give the device back to BlackBerry shortly after purchase. So far, there have been two internal prototypes spotted running Android, neither of which was ever a consumer device (hence no Android autoloaders).
    10-04-16 01:43 PM
  20. LazyTabbyCat's Avatar
    Have you guys seen this?



    Posted via CB10
    This video is about two years old.
    10-04-16 02:37 PM
  21. rrohde's Avatar
    I wonder if one day Ubuntu mobile OS could be installed, too. :-)

    Posted via CB10
    10-04-16 05:43 PM
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