1. njasmine's Avatar
    I've been interested in blackberry ever since I had the 9800, 9900 and there's a new video and article showing that blackberry is running android in the background. I hope this is the truth because I think this will only make blackberry devices better.

    It's now possible to run Android 4.2.2 on the BlackBerry Z10, sort of
    01-30-14 07:08 AM
  2. grahamf's Avatar
    I'm afraid i don't see anything in that article that isn't either common knowledge or misinformation.
    01-30-14 07:20 AM
  3. propeller10's Avatar
    It is better than Android. It has a well refined multitasking, real time, secure kernel (QNX), a user interface tuned for productivity and consistency (Hub and content sharing for example) and the ability to run Android apps in a controlled sandbox so they can't infect the base system. Android only wishes it was this good.
    Android also uses a sandboxed environment for apps. This is the 2nd time I've seen someone claim Android does no such thing. The following quote is from the Android dev site.

    Security Architecture
    A central design point of the Android security architecture is that no application, by default, has permission to perform any operations that would adversely impact other applications, the operating system, or the user. This includes reading or writing the user's private data (such as contacts or emails), reading or writing another application's files, performing network access, keeping the device awake, and so on.

    Because each Android application operates in a process sandbox, applications must explicitly share resources and data. They do this by declaring the permissions they need for additional capabilities not provided by the basic sandbox. Applications statically declare the permissions they require, and the Android system prompts the user for consent at the time the application is installed. Android has no mechanism for granting permissions dynamically (at run-time) because it complicates the user experience to the detriment of security.

    The application sandbox does not depend on the technology used to build an application. In particular the Dalvik VM is not a security boundary, and any app can run native code (see the Android NDK). All types of applications — Java, native, and hybrid — are sandboxed in the same way and have the same degree of security from each other.
    Edit: A word. Changed 'this' to 'thing'
    Last edited by propeller10; 01-30-14 at 12:54 PM.
    01-30-14 12:24 PM
  4. howarmat's Avatar
    great line
    The fact that Blackberry now runs a slimmed down version of Android probably isn’t enough to make anyone want to jump over to the dying platform, but it’s still pretty interesting news.
    JeepBB likes this.
    01-30-14 12:26 PM
  5. propeller10's Avatar
    There is no place in my post where I said Android does or doesn't do anything. My post addressed what BB10 does. Don't try to put words in my post that I didn't write.
    You didn't use those exact words but that's what you meant.
    Android apps in a controlled sandbox so they can't infect the base system. Android only wishes it was this good.
    kbz1960 and JeepBB like this.
    01-30-14 12:35 PM
  6. cuek80's Avatar
    It is true.

    blackberry is now running android 4.2.2-img_20140131_171001.png

    Edit: sorry I meant android runtime, not a make-over android OS
    01-31-14 04:10 AM
  7. njasmine's Avatar
    Sorry for the confusion. Im personally waiting on blackberry to get google services because I miss my qwerty, but I've become so reliant on google services I dont want to let them go.
    02-01-14 02:00 AM

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