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BlackBerry shoots down BB10/Google Play rumors

A recent round of rumors, sparked by images allegedly showing the Google Play Store running on a BlackBerry 10 (opens in new tab) 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 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 (opens in new tab) for those wanting to dig deeper into the background of this story.

Source: CrackBerry (opens in new tab)

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  • So, were those images photoshopped, or is BlackBerry just testing out Android and isn't ready to go public with potential changes to the platform? Posted via Android Central App, HTC One
  • I think it's photoshopped. Especially since the screen is showing the Android-style navigation buttons on the bottom and the notification bar along the top.
  • it HAS to be one of the 2. Since devices have to be allowed to access the play store and pass a certification i believe, i don't think it would be in Google interest at ALL to let this happen. Also blackberry is part of rockstar that is sueing google. Screw blackberry, go die in peace somewhere and leave our stuff alone!
  • It is in Google's interest. The more people who use something Google the more money they make. Remember they are an advertising company. Posted via Android Central App
  • Which is why iOS gets all the Google apps. BB10 and Windows Phone market share are negligible to say the least, so it's probably not worth the effort to have a team porting (let alone maintaining) apps for those systems.
  • Well the access to the Play Store can be faked on other Android devices, that's how my Joggler and my Ouya have Play Store access. The Joggler didn't even have Android to begin with, so it's not impossible. Posted via Android Central App
  • Too bad...I think they really needed this.
  • Yeah, it would have "solved" one of the problems. They probably don't want to step on the toes of App World developers, though. In my opinion, if it was at all possible, BB10 should have been launched, with full compatibility to BBOS and Android apps. Posted via Android Central App
  • In my opinion, BB10 should never have launched at all. They should've gone as an Android Google-certified handset with their software suite preloaded all over the device (kinda like how Samsung and LG do it, except less bad). They clearly can't properly execute something on as big a scale as an OS and Software services together, so ditch what you can't do and focus on what you can.
  • During BB10's launch, Android was no way secure enough to be seriously used in the corporate environment since they weren't that secured. With SELinux enforced now on Android 4.4 can companies really start taking Android seriously in the corporate environment. Along with services like BES, Android is a great platform to go to. However, not enough credit has been given to BlackBerry in terms of their operating system. Aside from the anemic app catalogue, BB10 is very capable and I actually really like the operating system. If it wasn't for my love of modding my devices, I would have picked up a Z30.
  • This would really help them they just don't get it Posted via Android Central App
  • Blackberry so effin ignorant.
    Appreciate help or go bankrupt. Posted via Android Central App
  • Google Play would really help BlackBerry.
  • It wasn't too long ago when LG denied they're not working on the nexus 5, that they didn't need the sales. Now we know who makes the nexus 5!
  • good. i don't want these silly french canucks tainting my ecosystem.
  • Fuckn scum bag remark!!!
  • Well, it's true... I am in Canada and he is right. If BB don't want the Android, it is not a loss for the Android users, but it is a loss for the BB10 users.
  • No its not true. That was the doucheist comment I have ever seen on android central. Posted via Android Central App
  • Racist? Posted via Android Central App
  • French canadian is not a race, but an ethnicity.
  • How about Google just buy RIM? Posted via Android Central App
  • why? negative value there.
  • Government contracts Posted via Android Central App
  • Google buying Blackberry would be cool. No negative value when google is behind it...look at moto Posted via Android Central App
  • The true benefits of Google's purchase of Moto remain to be seen. Posted via Android Central App
  • Agreed, we need to take a "wait and see" approach, on Google's ability (or inability) to return Motorola to profitability. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's rumored that the Canadian government won't approve a non-Canadian purchaser of BlackBerry (RIM is no longer their corporate name).
  • It would also raise anti-trust issues in many countries.
  • Do you smell the hypocrisy of so called "Western free/open economy"? I do because Canada is pushing for so called "free market" in India to rob Indian resources while the country is protecting our own. What a double standards! If US and Canada truly believe in what they preach, BB (RIMM) should be open for Chinese investors too!
  • Agreed. They were quick to shoot down Lenovo, who likely had cash-in-hand and was ready to buy that day. Posted via Android Central App
  • BlackBerry is brand name prison no need for Google to buy BlackBerry. Posted via Android Central App
  • Too bad. BB really needs something. I guess we'll just watch their slow, painful decline...
  • BlackBerry.... We can sideload Android apps already on your platform, if you embrace the play store you can literally save your business. Swallow your pride.
  • This is a shame. BlackBerry seems staunchly opposed to making money. They made BBM cross-platform, which gives users one less reason to buy a BB device. And they won't put Play access on BB10, which would give people another reason to buy a BB device. BB10 doesn't do anything distinctive as an OS, people buy BlackBerrys for the hardware, not the second rate operating system. When is BB corporate going to realize this?
  • Hardly a second rate OS, very stable and powerful, you should spend a little time with it first. Anyway something they are confirming is that you will be able to install apk's using the BB10.2.1 file manager. So you would be able to download the file using the Web browser from a number of websites (Amazon App Store) ,then just click and install. I don't think apps that use play services would work though. BB10 can already run Android apps, but you have to convert and sideload them using your computer. This doesn't take long at all but most users aren't going to do it. This new way makes it much easier and is a step in the right direction for BlackBerry.
  • Oh ok. So, are they doing away with the .bar format? If what you say is true, then developers can start posting .apks to BlackBerry's App World? Posted via Android Central App
  • Stable and powerful OS. You forgot the most predominant word to describe BB10. Laggy Posted via Android Central App
  • Laggy? Wtf are you talking about? You clearly haven't even used the OS. The amount of disinformation about BlackBerry on this site is ridiculous. It's incredibly fluid. Fool. Posted via Android Central App
  • You are right in one respect. It isn't a second rate OS. 4TH at best with symbian catching up Posted via Android Central App
  • Buhahaha! They wish. As for the playstore UI, clearly photoshopped! Sent from the Android 5.0 Milkshake
  • I'll be totally honest with you. I been coming here for a while, but please stop posting Crackberry stuff over in A.C.
    I had a BB for years, I loved it but I moved on, I still visit and read CB news but I read it over there. I hope nothing but the best for BB.
    I feel as a mobile nation network you guys are dishonest as a whole because you have a Mobile nation member who opening promotes and allowed it members to promote Piracy.
    No one checks them on it, You have no class or standard as a whole and it's sickening. Hypocrites
  • What are you even saying??!! Android was mentioned in the article that's why it was posted here in the first place and that's why its called mobile nations you noob. Sent from the Android 5.0 Milkshake
  • True Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, I wholeheartedly disagree, with this sentiment. What is being discussed affects, or had the potential to affect, the entire mobile industry. FYI, no one is forcing you to read these articles; but, you already knew that. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sounds to me like you just hate hearing blackberry getting ripped on another forum.
  • false to all of you guys. Every time a BB gets posted the same crap starts up and the usual BB fanboys run over talking about how their Pirated Side-loaded apps work better than all other people Android phones. Yet when I had a G1 we didn't have any apps yet we dealt with our devices. App store came about and we started to get apps.
    How did Android grow when blog sites promoted people apps and not how you can install an APK's for free on paid apps. Discussing of obtaining APK unless the developers said so were a no no.
    Now A.C. is in Mobile Nation and a sister blog sites(CB) pretty much allows open ending Piracy of Android APK's like it isn't nobodies business, hell this is why BB had to squash the rumors because of rampant piracy over there.
    Im saying how can Phil a Android Insider stick his head so far in the sand and ignore this..maybe you don't have to address it but leave the CB mess where it started.
  • You're clearly in pain... Sent from the Android 5.0 Milkshake
  • If blackberry released a phone with solid performance/ camera, removable batter and/ or at least micro sd support, with the play store already installed I would buy it even if it wasn't running android os. Because frankly, only Samsung phones meet my personal needs atm and I don't care for touch wiz and the physical home button.
  • "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." And that ladies and gentleman is the reason that after 5 years of loyalty to RIM and Blackberry, I'm done. They should have just wrote "Blackberry World remains the primary source of sub-par and knock-off Blackberry applications and we continue to refuse to acknowledge the fact that number of apps doesn't matter if we don't have the ones people want. We however will continue to stick our fingers in our ears and proclaim that our way is better until we're six feet under" The Z10 was it for me. I waited and waited and waited some more for all the popular apps from iOS and Android to show up, but nothing. I don't want to hear about sideloading and apps that "do the same thing". What will ultimately kill Blackberry is there complete inability to read the market. Launching a flagship phone without Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix, or Vine? You know how many people I know who switched to a Z10 and then promptly returned it because they couldn't get all the apps they had on their iPhone or Galaxy? But no, go ahead Blackberry, we'll just keep waiting for developers to invest in your dying platform. News flash...they aren't going to. That is why after owning a Bold 9000, 9700, 9900, and Z10, I'm very much looking forward to when my Nexus 5 shows up at my front door.
  • BlackBerry is a defunct company and no matter what they try it will not help their dire situation. To those BlackBerry fanboys wishing for Google play on BlackBerry, just get an android phone...end of story. Posted via Android Central App
  • Blackberry is going to be hard headed til the end!!! I would buy a Blackberry if they converted. Atleast convert to Windows Phone OS
  • ...No, that would make no sense. Why switch to a mobile OS platform that is lacking in apps? There's a reason people want the Play Store on BBOS, not the Windows Marketplace.
  • Then RIP Blackberry . Posted via Android Central App
  • Too bad. Bad move BB. you need any help. They are going to die slowly. I imagine by the next month than they will be bought or done for good.
  • Id buy a blackberry if it had the play store... Posted via Android Central App
  • The sad thing is, they have a ton of money, they're not going to give up until it's all gone and that's inevitable. It will definitely take more than a month or even a year but they are history as we know it.
  • No matter what BB did whether it's apps, price, specs, BBM, etc. Nobody I know still would not be willing to buy a BB. They don't hate BB, they are simply content with what they've been using and are not interested in anything BB whatsoever. Besides, if want to run Android apps I'll buy an Android phone. From my Note 2 to you
  • So basically what Blackberry is saying is that they will proceed as planned in their death spiral.
  • HTC stated they were not making a google experience HTC One. LG stated they were not making the next nexus. Not to say BB really isn't doing anything with the Play Store, but I won't be surprised if this actually materializes.
  • Those rumors were pretty credible, though. This rumor, however, is very poorly done. It's about the Play Store running on BBOS, but the picture shows full-fledged Android. Look at the nav and status bars. It was a bad photoshop job, given the circumstances.
  • yep and they also said bb messenger isn't coming to android. mmhmm...
  • Well Its realy good and too interested ... BB10 is best for Blackberry,...