'No planned support' for Google's app platform on BB10, company says
A recent round of rumors, sparked by images allegedly showing the Google Play Store running on a BlackBerry 10 handset, led to speculation that a deal may have been done to bring Google's app marketplace to BlackBerry devices. For those unfamiliar with the platform, BB10 phones can run regular Android apps through a bundled runtime, however this doesn't include any Google-approved apps, nor Google Play Services.
Today BlackBerry has issued a statement to CrackBerry.com denying any plans to bring the Google Play Store to BB10, and underscoring its commitment to its own BlackBerry World ecosystem — effectively shooting down the rumor in question.
"There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support."
So that's that. There's lots more discussion on the CrackBerry forums for those wanting to dig deeper into the background of this story.