Android is a smartphone and tablet operating system created by Google and opened up to customization by major device manufacturers, such as Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC. Shortly after the PlayBook was launched, BlackBerry released an Android runtime which would allow developers to easily put their Android apps onto the tablet. After users were able to earn root access to the PlayBook, it became possible to sideload Android applications onto the PlayBook using a number of tools. With BlackBerry 10, users can do the same thing and with the release of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, Android APK files will be able to be downloaded directly to device and installed using the on-board system installer.
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For BlackBerry developers, having the latest and greatest tools to make apps is important and to help keep things moving along, BlackBerry has now released their BlackBerry Tools for Android Development 2.0.2 Beta. The last update to the tools came back in October, so a new update is great to see. The list of feature additions is pretty long for this one but we’ve got them all for you past the break.Continue Reading →
I'm sure you've seen that since BlackBerry 10.2.1 hit the scene we've decided to feature a few more Android apps and games that were not previously available to us. I've also noticed in both the post comments and in the CrackBerry forums that some of you aren't too happy about this — and we get that.
Whilst everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I'm slightly baffled as to why you wouldn't want to know about a great game/app that runs on BlackBerry 10, even if it's Android. We've had Android ports running on BB10 for some time, but it's only been since 10.2.1 was released that I've noticed the negative remarks.
Sure, using the likes of Snap, the Amazon Appstore or APK Train may not be ideal for some users as traditionally we are all loyal and want to download our apps from BlackBerry World. But the fact of the matter is that if we find a great game/app that happens to be an Android one, but runs beautifully on BlackBerry 10, surely it's our job to let you know?Continue Reading →
Earlier, Microsoft announced that their Microsoft Office Mobile was going free on Android and iOS while ditching the need for a subscription in order to use it for 'view-only' purposes. Since then, we've had people emailing us and letting us know that since Android apps can run on BlackBerry 10, we should post about it or asking if it works on the BlackBerry 10 Android runtime.Continue Reading →
We've featured our fair share of tennis games over the last year or so for BlackBerry 10, but not table tennis that I can recall. Real Table Tennis is another great game that unfortunately you won't find in BlackBerry World (at the time of publication), but you can grab it from the third party Android store Snap.Continue Reading →
Who doesn't like Lego right? Oh, the memories of playing as a child - I'll get back on track now. Once again I've come across an awesome game for you BlackBerry 10 owners running OS 10.2.1. Lego Ninjago REBOOTED is an Android game but I've got it running perfectly on my Z30 and Q10 thanks to the easy loading of Android APK's we now have since the OS update.Continue Reading →
For Z10 and Z30 owners running BlackBerry 10.2.1 you may be interested to hear that one of my all time favorite games is now available to download - F18 Carrier Landing Lite. It's the Android version, hence the 10.2.1 part, but it works perfectly and is totally awesome if simulator games are your thing.Continue Reading →
Chances are that if you have been lucky enough to update to BlackBerry 10.2.1 (yes, some carriers are still lagging behind) you more than likely have followed our advice and installed Snap - the Google Play client for BlackBerry 10 - allowing for simple installation of Android APK's onto your BlackBerry.Continue Reading →
Now that BlackBerry 10.2.1 is available there has been an influx of folks wanting to know if their favorite app works when the Android version is loaded. To help keep things a bit more organized, we figured we should put together our very own CrackBerry list of apps that are known to be working or 'mostly' working on BlackBerry 10.2.1.
Rather than picking just 50 or so random apps though, we dug through the forums and comments section to find apps people really wanted and tested them out. Of course, there is some exceptions because even though a TON of folks want banking apps, we don't exactly have accounts all over the world to test those out.
In addition to this post, we also set up a thread in the CrackBerry Forum for you all to share what apps you have working as well. As long as you all keep telling us apps that you're wondering about, we'll keep checking them out and testing them. If those apps are working we'll add them to the list.Continue Reading →
Now that BlackBerry 10.2.1 is out to a wider audience and folks are installing Android apps onto their BlackBerry 10 devices, there has been a ton of Android related questions popping up on the CrackBerry Twitter account and in the CrackBerry Forums. One of the more frequent questions asked comes after folks have installed an Android app that requires Google Play services such as Google Hangouts, Google+, Google Play Music and even some possibly unexpected apps such as Yahoo Weather.Continue Reading →
In addition to CESLive, there's several other events happening that we'll be checking out while in Las Vegas and one of those is the New Media Expo. Earlier, Rene stopped by the BBM booth to speak with Jeff Gadway about the brand new BBM 2.0 beta for Android and iOS.
Although still in beta for now, the update includes BBM channels for broadcasting and interaction, voice calls for crystal clear audio, location sharing via Glympse to let your contacts know where you are, but only for as long as you feel comfortable, and 100 new emoticons, 25 of which were chosen by the BBM users.Continue Reading →
If you were worrying about the progress of BBM for Android — fear not. A new version has hit the BlackBerry Beta Zone that brings along many of the anticipated features Android users have been waiting for. In addition to some new tweaks and enhancements, the update has over 100 new emoticons, improved file sharing, BBM Channels and BBM Voice.Continue Reading →
If you're running one of the latest leaks and looking to cash in on a little Christmas cheer, Amazon may have your answer. Their current promo will net you a free $5 credit good towards any app or game in their extensive catalog. All you need to do is download any app or game from the Amazon app store -- even a free one.
This does come with a few caveats however. First off you'll need to be running a leaked version of OS 10.2 on your device that allows for APK installs. If you're good there, make sure you have the latest version of the Amazon app store installed on your device. After that just fire up the app store, log in and download whatever you want. Shortly after (anywhere from one minute to an hour) you'll receive an email that the credit was added to your account. See the full details here.Continue Reading →
If you're all in on loading up Android APK files on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone then there's a pretty good chance you've already given the APK downloader app Snap a go. The developer behind it, James Paul Muir, has now released a new version and made it available for download to those who wish to sideload it.Continue Reading →
That's right, even though we're a BlackBerry-focused website we realize we have a lot of readers coming to us from Android devices and much like we have in the past with our forums apps, we're spreading the CrackBerry love with a new app built specifically for Android devices. If you've you been making use of the Android Central app, then the new CrackBerry Android app will certainly be familiar as we've taken all that's great about it and optimized it for CrackBerry.Continue Reading →
The folks at Instagram dropped another announcement today with some new updates for the service. Instagram Direct now lets you send images privately to up to 15 contacts rather than posting them to your stream for everyone to see. You can choose to send private images and/or videos to your friends where they'll show up in their private inbox.
We're not totally sure that it's an alternative to sending files over BBM or even just plain old MMS, but it's always nice to have options.Continue Reading →