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 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 v126.96.36.199 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 v188.8.131.52 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.
Jan 03, 2015
Jamie's 20 Minute Meals - free today from the Amazon Appstore
Whether you're into cooking or just looking for some inspiration, today could be the perfect way to get creative in the kitchen thanks to Amazon and Jamie Oliver. Normally just short of five bucks, Jamie's 20 Minute Meals is Amazon's free app of the day and after downloading it onto my BlackBerry Passport it looks to be a real sizzler!
Posted by James Richardson on 26 Nov 2013 5:17 am EST
There's a new BlackBerry Jam coming to town. Well, the internet actually, but that's the perfect venue for this one. By attending the global webcast, developers will be able to discover everything they need to know regarding the BlackBerry Runtime for Android 10.2.1 release.
With BlackBerry 10 getting a boost in the Android department, this online Jam will be one you don't want to miss if you...
We've been covering bits and pieces on how to download and install Android apps on BlackBerry 10 since the OS 10.2.1.1055 leak. While there are numerous ways to get this done including using the native File Manager or your Browser, perhaps one of the easiest ways is with the 1mobile Market.
This third-party Android app store gives you access to hundreds of Android apps that may or may not be...
As a lot of folks know already, the Google Play Store is not coming to BlackBerry 10 but the ability to install Android APK files is already in place on the leaked OS 10.2.1.1055 and will also be available via official releases when they start to roll out as well. While that's all fine and dandy, people still have the concern in regards to where to download APK files should they wish to try...
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 15 Nov 2013 10:00 am EST
Earlier this week, BlackBerry posted on their dev blog an official note about the Android Runtime update coming to users as part of OS 10.2.1.
There is more to 10.2.1 than updating the runtime from Gingerbread 2.3 to Jelly Bean 4.2.2 -- this is also the update that allows BlackBerry app developers to build headless apps -- a much sought after feature by native BlackBerry app developers and...
Given the past few days and some of the leaks we've seen, this might sound a bit obvious but finally, the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Android Runtime improvements will be arriving beginning in BlackBerry 10.2.1. If you're wondering how exactly that helps you out, well this particular update brings hardware acceleration while improving the overall compatibility of the runtime and add support for many...
With OS 10.2.1 BlackBerry will be bringing the ability to install Android APK files right on the device from the Browser or File Manager. Unlike previous OS versions where you had a lengthy process of converting the APK to a readable BAR file, then sideloading using any number of methods, you now are just a few taps away from getting a plethora of Android apps on your device quickly and easily...
Posted by Chris Umiastowski on 12 Nov 2013 11:17 am EST
On Friday of last week, a bunch of us at CrackBerry sat down for podcast to discuss all the changes going on inside of the company right now. For a good chunk of time we discussed the possibility of BlackBerry gaining full access to all of the apps in the Google Play store. Since that podcast we’ve seen several bits of news, so it seems like a good topic to dive into a bit deeper.
One of the...
So this is fun. As we dive deeper into the latest leaked OS, it seems that such a small update is bringing a slew of new features. We've posted up a batch already, but the latest and greatest finding is that you may actually be able to load an unconverted APK file to your BlackBerry 10 device without having to convert it first -- and you'll be able to do so right from the native File Manager...
This weekend you may have noticed the forums buzzing with rumors over Google Play coming to BlackBerry 10. We weren't quite sure what the deal was since there were no solid details, but we did reach out to BlackBerry to try and set the record straight.
According to the rumors, you'll soon be able to run Google Play on your BlackBerry 10 device and have full access to the wide variety of Google...
In an interesting move that stems from some issues users on OS 10.2 are having, BlackBerry has made the BlackBerry Android Runtime available for download. Apparently some installs of OS 10.2 aren't carrying over the Android Runtime properly, so users are having problems when trying to run certain Android applications.
When attempting to open an Android application on the BlackBerry 10...
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