Android Central on BlackBerry

You'll need to be running OS 10.2, which you'd prefer to be running anyway

Ask and ye shall receive. We have brought the official Android Central App to BlackBerry World

For all intents and purposes, this is the same application we're running on Android — with all the stories, videos and podcasts you've come to expect — but optimized and improved for the Android runtime on BlackBerry. So we recommend that anyone who has sideloaded the actual Android apk use this one for a better experience.

A quick caveat, though. The app is for OS 10.2 and higher. And much like in the Android space, updates don't always come as soon as we'd like. We'd suggest taking this opportunity to remind your operator that you need to be able to run the official Android Central app on your BlackBerry, and perhaps they should consider updating post haste.

Otherwise, enjoy!

 
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So those who have the Q10 are out of luck unless they sideload 10.2

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drokssilva says:

All operators?

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BBPandy says:

Mainly US Operators / Carriers.
The rest of the world got 10.2 months ago. The US is slated to get 10.2 in the "winter" whenever that is. By the time Americans get 10.2 the rest of the world will be on 10.2.1.

That being said, there's many ways for Americans to get around their carrier restrictions & install 10.2 (or even 10.2.1 for that matter)

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kthhrrsn says:

Sad but true. US carriers will release 10.2 when BB11 is released.

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Chanlion says:

Q10 has 10.2. Just depending on your carrier. Which most have it pushed out already.

Baconwich says:

My Q10 got 10.2 same day as my Z10. It's just the American carriers haven't pushed 10.2 yet.

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dchawk81 says:

*crickets*

drokssilva says:

Crickets are to bored to be here.

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MexPride says:

In before shitstorm!!!

MexPride says:

Jerry stop cursing!!! >:(

ViceroyPete says:

Wish it was native but hey beggars can't be chossers.

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sidds18 says:

Is BB world still alive? How many apps does it have 15?

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ViceroyPete says:

Almost 100,000. Sadly majority of that came from one developer. So more like 60,000 in reality.

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Wigley458 says:

Actually. Not true. There are over 256,000 total apps in BBW with 130,000+ for bb10

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/blackberry-world-now-contains-over-...

But yes. Lots are from one company.

Just clarifying is all. :p

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mnc76 says:

Hmmm... and everyone on CrackBerry was telling me that AC users were above senseless BlackBerry bashing comments.

But to your question: BlackBerry World is still alive and does in fact have more than "15" apps...

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MERCDROID says:

Every platform has fanboys, Android and BlackBerry included.

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dannyd86 says:

Helloooo? MCFLY?
Blackberry can run android apps, did you miss the memo. Blackberry world has tons of apps

MERCDROID says:

BB10 supporting Android apps doesn't, by virtue, translate into more apps into BlackBerry App World, until developers decide to port.

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morpho4444 says:

ok yes,

BBRY supporting android apps doesn't translate into more apps.

How can I tell that to my z10? Please z10! stop running Vine, or Instagram, or GTA Vice City!, you are making me angry, please z10, stop being able to run those apps.. You shouldn't do that!

Yes, you open BBWorld and there are only 7 apps and 1 game, for a grand total of only 8 elements.

MERCDROID says:

@morpho4444

Lol, use what apps work for you. I was just saying that this functionality means nothing to the average consumer, until developers actually take advantage of the runtime and port their respective apps.

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kjjb0204 says:

The latest 10.2.1.1055 leak allows direct apk download and install. No sideloading or porting required for most of the apps I've installed this way. Waze, Rssdemon and instagram work fine. Some may look a little ugly on the small q10 screen, but the buttery smooth keyboard is worth the small tradeoffs to me. I just typed this post in under 30 seconds.

Amazon app store app works perfectly too, so it's really easy to have access to most android apps.

Just downloaded AC on my Q10, thanks for the app! Ok, 45 seconds now....

MERCDROID says:

@kjjb0204

I used to be a keyboard junkie, when I had my Pearl, Tour, and my Droid Pro. I know how efficient that keyboard can be!!

It's awesome that no porting or sideloading is required to run apps. However, there needs to be some kind of solution to translate this process into more apps for the average consumer, whether that process involves ports to the App World or agreements with third-party app stores (such as Amazon).

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kthhrrsn says:

With BB10.2.1.1055, the process for loading Android apps has gone from a complicated, multi-step process that only extreme geeks would try to a consumer ready process.

I now have Amazon's app store, 1 Mobile Market, & Droid Store on my Z10. Amazon & 1 Mobile installed OTA & Droid Store was side loaded (which consumers won't do). Using all 3 stores is as easy as using BlackBerry World. Find an app, click to download & install, accept permissions and go.

I no longer have to wait until I'm home, find a bar or ask file, convert when necessary, and side loaded using Google Chrome extension...whew!

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MERCDROID says:

Haha. I'm glad that the process is a lot easier now.

Let's just hope that BlackBerry will increase awareness of this new functionality to the public.

Like Kris Simundson said, BlackBerry should be doing the advertising. That "burden" shouldn't fall on the shoulders of the CrackBerry community.

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megajo123 says:

Sadly, BlackBerry will never make this functionality known.. as we all know they're terrible at that, I was talking to some of my friends today about my Z10, and I told them about the rumored Z50, they wondered why there are rumors when the Z30 hasn't even been released... I believe the Z30s been in Canada for a bit over a month now...why BlackBerry, why must you kill yourself :'(

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Baconwich says:

Had a sale on movies this week too. Got Iron Man 3 for a buck!

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megajo123 says:

I got wreck it Ralph for 99cents :) I was like "WTF this price must be a mistake "... I could of pirated it, but it was 99 cents!! BlackBerry stopping people from doing illegal acts one sale at a time.

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Siya10 says:

Jerk

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Wigley458 says:

Thanks. Loaded up. And first comment on this site lol. All good. Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1055

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mrfreeze574 says:

For being a port it runs very smooth. I like that it has a dark theme too.

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deltact says:

Love the dark theme too. Very nicely done app. Thank you for showing us tech fans some love, regardless of what platform we use!

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mnc76 says:

Why do people love the dark theme? I mean, it's personal preference of course... I guess it just surprises (shocks) me since I have such a huge huge distaste for it. I like absolutely nothing about it.

But -- clearly -- to each their own. As long as it's just an option. :)

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megajo123 says:

People like the dark theme cuz it saves battery on the Q10 and Z30 cuz the AMOLED screens, but also cuz it looks awesome!

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mnc76 says:

It was a bit laggy after I first started using it, but... wow... it's running like a native app now. I'm impressed.

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uzigunz says:

Thanks! Z30 user here :)

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return_0 says:

Thought it was rejected?

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It's only for those who have 10.2 right now I think

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I don't recall it being rejected. AC never even thought to submit it until the other day.

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drathos says:

Phil's G+ post this morning said that it was rejected. I guess they changed their minds..

https://plus.google.com/115963387846188704264/posts/Jtjy4jYR23T

It wasn't rejected by Blackberry World. Originally BB 10 didn't support ICS runtime needed for the AC app. They just never got around to submitting it when 10.2 (along with the Android 4.2.2 runtime) was released. They are now rectifying that.

It was Apple that rejected it (along with a Mobile Nations forums app as I recall)

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ets5290 says:

I believe it was apple app store that rejected it not BlackBerry world

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BBPandy says:

It was rejected from the Apple Store

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lol BB won't reject any app considering the situation they are in

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Now they don't have to steal it! ;-)

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still1 says:

lol

But we probably still will.

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MERCDROID says:

Thieves!! I kid, I kid

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megajo123 says:

I'm still to lazy to uninstall my stolen version, I'm just missing out on the dark theme

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Works perfectly. Thank you.

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hfm says:

I find the level of conversation astounding... mind blown

thatguy97 says:

Good to know..........

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Bor Navas says:

Downloaded for both my Q10 and Z10 running 10.2.1
I'll have a look around here!

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NoNexus says:

Well at least BlackBerry users have another place to learn about where to go when BB shuts down.

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

Or what hot new apps we can install OTA without having to side load.

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Wigley458 says:

Yip. Classy!

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NoNexus says:

Sorry not meaning to pick a scab, but if the hardware division makes it through next year I would be amazed.

MERCDROID says:

BlackBerry's hardware division will be around, next year, creating devices for the enterprise market. At least, that's what they alluded to.

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NoNexus says:

I dont know, how many $1BN losses can you really take?

My device works great. I guess we'll see.

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My device works great. I guess we'll see.

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NoNexus says:

duplicate

tjordanr says:

Commenting directly from my BlackBerry Z10!

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Dennis.nl says:

Works perfectly on my Q10. So what if bbworld doesn't have all the apps. We can run android too.

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pgg101 says:

Nifty!

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dalight13 says:

Will look forward to hear more from Android.. always good when you work in phone sales!

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nexus2905 says:

Nice app running like buttery smooth on my z10.

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AlwaysSmile says:

So now that This us available to download there why isn't The Official Crackberry app available to download here?

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Actually, it is.

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AlwaysSmile says:

No it isn't

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There is a crackberry forums app for Android in the playstore.

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Because Android does not have a BB10 runtime. They would need to completely rewrite it.

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Good thing too.Don't want something which reeks of death anywhere near my nexus 7 tablet

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megajo123 says:

You'd be surprised how good native bb10 apps are..

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Gekko says:

there goes the neighborhood.

Tony2255 says:

Thanks now we need the imore app for android and BlackBerry and we would be set!! Works great guys thanks for finally thinking of BlackBerry

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Fanatix85 says:

I like the dark theme. Kind of runs better on my Z10 than on my nexus 7. Good stuff all around. Active frame for BlackBerry would have been awesome.

Via Z10 Flick

Your not really surprised that it runs better on your Z10 are you? BlackBerry implemented Android beautifully

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You're*

I came back to do that.

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MERCDROID says:

But, not better than Google, lol

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Baconwich says:

The fading transition effect is kinda freaking me out.

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Baconwich says:

Oh man, zoom is pretty slick.

Need a slide to get that genuine BB10 feel though. To the right for loading, left for back. =P

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mychriz8 says:

Great news :) Mobile Nation is growing on BB10. Works great on my Q10

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martinjdub says:

There goes the hood!

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MikeGS says:

Thanks for bringing this to BlackBerry! Works great on my Z30.

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Phil, for what it's worth. The 'pirated' version is just as functional as the BlackBerry version, in that the forums section launches the browser and you still can't search in the forums. So yes, essentially we are getting the same experience.

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wikison says:

Very well designed app and it runs very smoothly. Keep the updates coming.

Thank you guys.

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n9qzd says:

Thanks for bringing this app to BlackBerry 10. It's awesome!

Big things happening at BlackBerry.

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Droideka75 says:

What about Imore app?

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They are in their walled garden.Can't come out of it

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megajo123 says:

Let them stay in their own world for now, it's safer to keep the beast contained

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Jamescunni says:

Really like this app runs very well on my Z10 always like to read other mobile users points of view thanks guys for bringing it

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Gregory Ryan says:

I had a little trouble logging in on my Q10. Seems like the browser uses the keyboard shortcuts even when trying to type in a field. "T" for top "B" for bottom. Copied my password from another app to log in. Thanks for putting the app out there. Mobile nations!

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canuckvoip says:

I said I'd download this the day it came out, so here it is!
From one of the happy 9 remaining BlackBerry users, thanks.

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

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bhrgvr says:

Great... now we can bash each other whenever we want to. :))

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NoNexus says:

is the crackberry app in the playstore? We need to come over and fire back...

MERCDROID says:

That's what the Mobile Nations Forums App is for, lol. Jk, jk

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NoNexus says:

I went to the forums there was nothing all that great to pick on (not my intention I swear) so that would be pointless. I would be more fun trolling the news section.

Now that iMore forums are good for trolling, not that I have done it. They are always having i5 vs Android of the week bashfests.

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

MERCDROID says:

Haha yeah, but those bash-fests are enough to cause a hand cramp, lol.

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kojita says:

Great! Thanks. This is pretty cool and makes sense since cb is out of BlackBerry tablets! Mobile nations spirit!

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kojita says:

And oh yeah posted from my awesome BlackBerry Z10 device!!!

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Otech#CB says:

Just downloaded it, even though I'm not a fan of everyone who hates on BlackBerry from this community. But what it do ladies and gents? Hope you all have a happy thanksgiving.

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MERCDROID says:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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megajo123 says:

*takes time machine back a month* Happy Thanksgiving to us Canadians too!

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bkupris says:

Great app, runs sweet on my Z10.

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dosto says:

Thanks!!!