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. As of BlackBerry OS 10.3, APK files will no longer need to be sideloaded but can instead be downloaded and directly installed through the Amazon Appstore integration.
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Oct 12, 2015
BlackBerry and Google hosting BES12 and Android for Work webinar
If you're interested in learning how BES12 and Android for Work operate together, you'll want to get yourself registered for the upcoming BES12 and Android for Work webinar being hosted by BlackBerry and Google.
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Oct 09, 2015
BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android updated with bug fixes and performance improvements
If you're using [BBM](/bbm) on BlackBerry 10 or Android, you'll want to go ahead and fire up the respective app stores and get the latest update downloaded, especially if you're having issues with the build you have installed right now.
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Oct 05, 2015
New Priv by BlackBerry photos show off BlackBerry Safeguard and confirm 4K video
A new batch of [Priv by BlackBerry](http://crackberry.com/blackberry-priv) photos has now appeared offering us all a closer look at BlackBerry Safeguard while also adding some additional confirmation of the device specs.
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Sep 25, 2015
BlackBerry officially announces plans to launch the Android-powered Priv
As part of their [Q2 Fiscal 2016 results](/blackberry-announces-q2-fiscal-2016-results), BlackBerry also took the time today make their plans to launch the [Priv by BlackBerry](http://www.androidcentral.com/everything-we-know-about-blackberry-priv-android-slider), which will run Android with BlackBerry security, official. Although the information lacks specifics surrounding the actual launch of the device, the confirmation of its existence was needed given all the leaks recently.
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Sep 24, 2015
Everything we know about the BlackBerry Priv Android Slider
For a while there, it seemed as though BlackBerry had a good handle on keeping their upcoming slider under wraps but over the past few weeks, the device has been popping up seemingly everywhere.
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Aug 23, 2015
BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition captured on video running Android
Aug 13, 2015
CrackBerry Asks: Where do you go first to look for apps? BlackBerry World or an Android store?
The mobile market is so app orientated that it's probably the most important feature that consumers take into consideration when picking an operating system. As a BlackBerry 10 user I hope I can speak for most of us when I say that the OS and hardware are more important to me. Sure, apps are still have a place, but they are down the list of important features that I need on my smartphone.
As we know from history, it's pretty easy to fake a BlackBerry running Android through the use of any of the launcher apps on the Google Play Store and about 3 minutes in Photoshop but there's something a little bit more interesting about this set of images and video. A few signs that maybe, just maybe, this thing might actually be legit. To be clear, I'm not saying it is. I'm just saying, there are signs that may otherwise not be accomplished. Which signs you're asking? Let me tell me you.
Icons - If you look carefully at the photos, you can see BlackBerry Safeguard is an icon on the device. Even through the use of a launcher, I've never been able to get that to show up. BlackBerry defines Safeguard as all the security measures on their device. Even though it's a bit of inside baseball, when they send out device review documents, Safeguard generally lists BlackBerry Protect, Picture Password etc. Meaning, if they are working on Android they could have coupled this into an app as a central spot for all things related to BlackBerry specific security. There's also a few others that wouldn't carry over if a launcher was used as well such as Help.
The device powers off - The images show the device powering off. Although it's in Portuguese, 'desligar' means switch off while 'encerrando' means closing. Unless there's some Photoshop magic happening here, that device is actually powering off via the power button. Something that wouldn't be controlled via a launcher as it doesn't tap into those controls. Just like the Android settings when accessed through the Android runtime can't turn off WiFi or Bluetooth, they also can't shut off the power.
The Keyboard - As you can tell by watching the video, the touch input comes off as being rather terrible but you'll also notice that moving around the device via the touch-sensitive keyboard also works. Granted, some apps that run through the Android runtime already work this way but, in my testing at least, I've never been able to use any Android launchers in that manner. It usually works within apps but never outside through a launcher.
With all that in mind, I'll once again reiterate. I have no idea if this thing is legit and if it is, no one is talking about it, so it should go without saying that everyone should take it with a HUGE grain of salt. That said, if it's a fake it's a pretty damn good one and I'd really like to know what tools were used to put it together because it appears to be integrating in ways that really should not be possible. Also, if you ordered a Passport Silver Edition, don't expect it to arrive running Android.
Jul 08, 2015
BlackBerry Blend v1.2 update now available
BlackBerry Blend v1.2 has been available for Beta Zone users for some time and in early June it was announced that it would be available to everyone soon enough. Today, an update to Blend has arrived for BlackBerry 10, Android as well as iOS. It brings with it a new Dashboard design and UI, as well as the ability to reply to BBM and SMS messages directly from notification pop-ups.
Jul 03, 2015
Leaked render shows off the BlackBerry Venice and all of its Android glory
The rumors continue about the BlackBerry Venice. This time around we have a render of what is said to be BlackBerry's upcoming slider phone, running a full version of Android. Recently it was rumored that this device would be headed to AT&T, which wouldn't be much of a surprise.
Jun 29, 2015
BBM Money users in Indonesia can now pay for goods and services online and in stores
While we're still waiting to hear some news about BBM Money for the U.S. and Canada, BlackBerry last week held an event to update media and the Android, BlackBerry and iOS communities in Indonesia on the latest additions to BBM Money that for the first time brings Instant Mobile Payments to users of the app on all major platforms and allows them pay for goods and services online and in stores – regardless of who they bank with.
Jun 18, 2015
BlackBerry 'Prague' rumored to be company's first Android-powered device
There has been quite a bit of chatter lately about Android-powered BlackBerry devices, and yet another rumor has surfaced. According to N4BB, BlackBerry's first Android device is called the BlackBerry "Prague", which won't be flagship style hardware, instead more on the lower end.
Jun 17, 2015
The majority of CrackBerry readers wouldn't buy an Android-based BlackBerry
Shocking, right? Who would have thought? BlackBerry users love BlackBerry 10 and don't want an Android-based BlackBerry. Truthfully, I was playing devil's advocate a bit in asking the question because I entirely expected the majority to flat out tell me I was crazy for asking and proceed to reach for their pitchforks. But, that never happened aside from the odd 'what a dumb question' comment.
May 22, 2015
Into PC or console gaming? Get Twitch on your BlackBerry
If you're not a PC or console gamer feel free to ignore this post as it probably won't be of interest. However, millions of people do spend a ton of time on their computers, PlayStation or Xbox and you may well be pleased to hear that you can join your Android or iPhone buddies by having Twitch on your BlackBerry 10 device.
Apr 13, 2015
Deezer brings enhanced audio quality with their latest update
I honestly cannot remember the last time Deezer's streaming music app was last updated for BlackBerry 10 but, I know without a doubt that right now, there's a new update available. Although it remains an Android port at this point, Deezer has added a rather significant change to this release, one I'm sure anyone who is using the app will certainly appreciate. So what is it? Well, it's better sounding music, essentially.
Mar 27, 2015
Reebee shopping list and flyer app returns to BlackBerry World with a new look
Back when BlackBerry 10 launched, one of my favorite apps was Reebee. The app collected all the local flyers in my area and presented them in a way that was easy to read, so I could keep up with any sales that were happening through stores nearby. Eventually, Reebee stopped being updated, and I switched to Flipp, which offers a similar service though I found it to be slightly less reliable when it came to finding all available flyers.
Mar 26, 2015
HMV Music app updated to v188.8.131.52 to clear up some bugs
Since the removal of music and movies from BlackBerry World, BlackBerry users have had to look elsewhere to get music on their devices and one option available is the HMV Music app. Truth be told, the app has been neglected for a bit as one might be able to tell from reading the reviews, but that's neither here nor there now as v184.108.40.206 has arrived and is readily available for download from BlackBerry World.
Feb 25, 2015
BlackBerry works with Google to enhance mobile security and user experience
BlackBerry announced today that the company is working with Google to enable BES12, the cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications that debuted at Google I/O last year.
Feb 21, 2015
Snap v3 Beta 3 now available for download
With two beta releases already out there, it's now time for Snap v3 beta 3. As expected, this release brings along with it several bug fixes and changes including some changes to address download issues, scrolling and there's now additional layout fixes for the BlackBerry Passport as well. That's just a small list of additions, you can view the rest below.
Feb 19, 2015
BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore
Although this announcement might not mean a lot for BlackBerry users, it could come in handy when recommending others to download BBM. BlackBerry has now made BBM available through the Amazon Appstore.
Feb 16, 2015
Superb free gaming today with Bamba - courtesy of the Amazon Appstore
Amazon's free app of the day today is a real gem. I hadn't heard of Bamba before this morning but as soon as I saw it was available I downloaded it to my Passport and it was instantly clear that this one was worth sharing.
The first beta of Snap v3 brought an overwhelming response from the BlackBerry community! There were over 11,500 downloads of the new beta and over 200 feedback emails. I'm so grateful to have such a supportive community of testers. With such a response from the community, I must answer back with a new beta build!
As noted, Snap v3 Beta 2 will be released Tuesday (2/10) night, with a few important bug fixes so we'll let you all know when that is available for download. Needless to say, those numbers are pretty impressive. Have you downloaded the latest build? If not, get to it.
When BBM was released for Android it was limited to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above. That left quite a few people without considering the fact that as of January 8th, there was still 21 percent of all Android users still running Gingerbread. No matter though because the folks at BBM have been working on hard on a special release for those individuals and are now moving into an...
Now that BlackBerry 10.2.1 has arrived for most folks, the ability to install Android APK files with no need for file conversion is going to be one of the biggest highlights. It opens the doors to a lot of apps that otherwise might not be available thanks to the included Android runtime on BlackBerry 10. With that though comes the problem of where to get APK files.
There's really a lot of...
BlackBerry 10.2.1 introduced the ability to install .APK files, which are the app files used in Android, directly to your phone. This throws the doors open to install a wide variety of Android apps on your BlackBerry 10 device, be it a Z10, Q10, Q5, Z30, or anything else. This used to be possible through a long, convoluted process, but it's much easier now. Basically, if you can't find an app...
So you're finally updating to an official version of OS 10.2.1. It's been a long time coming, but for those of you who waited it out without installing a leak, I applaud you. Now you can take advantage of all of the great features that OS 10.2.1 has to offer including OTA installs of Android applications (APKs).
Unlike before when you had to run though a lengthy process of converting and...
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...
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.
The Android beta is only open to a small set of...
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...
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.
Infinite scrolling of Lists and Search results (yay more than 20 results!!)
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...
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...
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