BlackBerry 10 development tools for Android developers updated
on 11 Oct 2013 12:47 am EDT
If you're looking to port your Android app onto BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry has just updated their developer tools to make the process even easier than it already was. The update brings support for repackaging your APK file via a GUI-based tool, and ABD-proxy support for any Android IDE of your choice.
BlackBerry Plugin for ADT - Since most Android developers tend to choose eclipse partnered with the ADT plugin as their IDE of choice, a BlackBerry 10 specific plugin for ADT is supported which then allows developers to target two different mobile ecosystems within the same codebase. Our BlackBerry plugin for ADT simply adds eclipse menu-item entries to build/test/debug Android apps on BlackBerry 10, alongside your existing Android devices. To start using the 2.0 beta, make sure to point your update site the correct URL
Command-line/GUI SDK - The updated command-line SDK will continue to provide developers an environment to quickly repackage and sign APK files via the blackberry-apkpackager (formerly apk2bar) and blackberry-signer arguments. In addition, it also includes a GUI-based option to repackage/sign/deploy apps on the fly. With the GUI option introduced in this beta release, the ability to configure signing and sign release BAR files has never been so simple.
Command-line SDK – BlackBerry ADB Proxy Manager - Included within the command-line SDK is the addition of the blackberry-adbproxy command, which allows developers to connect their BlackBerry 10 smartphone or simulator over IP address to any development environment of choice. Doing so allows any IDE to run and debug Android apps on a BlackBerry 10 device/simulator as though it is an Android device itself.
The update packages are available right now through the BlackBerry Android tooling page on the the BlackBerry developer site. Also, while these tools are for Android developers, it's also something you may be interested in checking out if you find yourself sideloading your own Android apps.
Visit the BlackBerry Android developer site