BlackBerry Android Runtime available for download in BlackBerry World

By Adam Zeis on 1 Nov 2013 03:21 pm EDT
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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 smartphone running BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.0.x, the application attempts to open and then closes on its own. This same application functioned properly prior to upgrading to BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.0.x.

The Android Runtime in BlackBerry world is version 10.2.0.132 and the one on most versions of OS 10.2 is 10.0.2.131, so this isn't very far off at all. It does look like it's only available for the Z10 and Q10 as well. 

So this is a great deal on multiple levels. Obviously it allows anyone having Android issues to get fixed up, but also because down the road, BlackBerry can ultimately put out updates to the Android Runtime through BlackBerry World as they see fit (possibly). That means we wouldn't be reliant on carrier updates for a new version of the Android Runtime. Important to some, maybe not so much for others.

If you're one of the handful having issues, head to the link below to download the updated runtime. Keep in mind that if you're not affected you won't really gain anything from this either, so best to just move along.

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BlackBerry Android Runtime available for download in BlackBerry World

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Indeed. Nice to see BBRY reacting quickly to something, and even finding an easy way for users to implement it via BB World.

This is how you CB10, son!

... and was yanked super quick too. It is no longer available in Blackberry World. Bummer.

EDIT: it looks like you can only access the link from your Z10/Q10, not from a PC web browser. I can access the app in Blackberry World from the Playbook. Maybe this is another way to update the Playbook as well...

heads up to those who are trying to download this from your phone. Turn off desktop mode in the browser, otherwise it will come up as not available when clicking on the link above.

Warning: It stopped reading my media card. Says I need to format it. Disaster. Contents saved just can't read it any more.

Posted via CB10

This happened to me and I could not run Android apps, BlackBerry responded by saying I should back up my media card before I updated Any os

Posted via my  Z10.2.0.424

I hate default answers. But I guess it's my fault for trusting BlackBerry to make a good app. Won't happen again.

Posted via CB10

Well no fix for me on 10.2.0.1047 with new woo. Still issues on Iron man and Modern Combat 4

Zed 10 - 10.2.0.1047. In your face VZW

I would advice not to, even I didn't face any problems but now it's few apps not working. And there is no option to uninstall the runtime. :'(

Posted via CB10

I didn't have any issues but I found that Skype was a little glitchy; I downloaded the update and Skype now runs perfectly. Great idea on BlackBerry's part to be able to update it as an app independently of the carriers.; also, I am glad to see how quickly they've rolled out fixes for BBM cross platform and now the Android runtime.

Posted via my Z10

Very interesting, as this is a large portion of BB10 that can bypass carrier delays. And to the question above, it will surely change your unlocked version to locked. That's why I'll leave mine alone. I am not having issues anyway.

Can anyone confirm this? I'd love to be able to sideload Candy Crush using an official install (and no debug token stuff).

Posted via CB10

I had unlocked android runtime and installed this runtime from BB World. All my sideloaded android apps stopped working. Had to reinstall the unlocked one from elsewhere.

Tried to download in my Z30 and it's say it's not available for this device.

Posted on my Z30 from CB10 running 1791.

Think there's any chance that system apps like the Camera and Browser get updates through BlackBerry World in the future? And perhaps the Hub also. That would be really sweet.

That's pretty much what Google's doing, so I don't see why not. They just put out a camera update for the Moto X in the Play Store, for example.

Yup. Soon the majority of the Android functionality will be updatable via Google Play and allowing everyone to bypass the molasses-slow carriers.

Posted via CB10

They should follow this route like what Google seems to be doing with their apps on Android. Less of an excuse for these carriers to delay these updates and better for the customer to get them more quickly.

This also can means you can install it but maybe in the future also uninstall it ?Is this a beginning with a BB10 OS without android runtime but that you can download it :)

I have the unlocked android runtime, can I just download this one without deleting the other one??

Posted via CB10

It looks like they yoinked it from BB World. Blog post link returns this error message: "Unknown item: The requested item does not exist or is not available. (EC )"

@Adam "The Android Runtime in BlackBerry world is version 10.2.0.132 and the one on most versions of OS 10.2 is 10.0.2.131, so this isn't very far off at all. It does look like it's only available for the Z10 and Q10 as well. "

10.2 and 10.0 do seem quite far apart in my opinion but perhaps it was a typo? Perhaps you meant 10.2.0.131 and 10.2.0.132? That would seem quite minor.

My z10 Running os 10.1...until now I can't update it to os10.2...it says you have the latest os when I try to update to 10.2....and is this android runtime need os10.2...because it says unavailable for your device although my device is z10 not z30...it should be available for both q10 and z10....how to update my z10 to os10.2...please any one answer me...I live in ksa and the os10.2 should be out there...strange

BlackBerry z10

Same here!!! I have Z10STL100-1/10.1.0.4633 and can't update, but been having problems with some Android Apss, like Candy Crush and Waze (though I download it directly, it says it's the Android version).... and now it says my debug token has expired, MAY ANYONE PLEASE HELP!!?!?!?!?!

Posted via CB10...

This sounds a lot like what Google is doing by taking a lot of the functionality of Android out of OS builds and putting it into apps that they can update through Google Play at-will. Google is doing it so customers don't have to wait for slow manufacturers, if BlackBerry is doing it w/the bigger picture in mind it's so it doesn't have to wait for slow Carriers. Smart moves by both.

I had minor issues with android apps randomly closing or not starting up properly, so i downloaded this. Now android apps don't work at all! trying reboot now.

Try with sim card because I received the update from notification. Try also the blackberry link just reload the OS and update will detect automatically.

Posted via CB10

Fix confirmed. Note you need to reboot. The first time running the droid app will be slow. Subsequent execution is immediate.

Posted via CB10

BlackBerry should continue to modularize the OS and release updates to as many components as possible OUTSIDE of the carrier release cycle.

They handles this exactly the way they should have! Good job BlackBerry!

Posted via CB10

Guys,
I just installed the runtime update from the BlackBerry world!

It works! It works! I got back 8 applications.
Thank you

Post by C10

took them too long to offer this fix. i already sideloaded the runtime and am doing fine. had I waited until now, i'd have had to change to a different smartphone as quite a lot of important apps had been rendered useless after the 10.2 came on the q10. anyway, at least blackberry admits having messed up and has come up with a solution

Posted via CB10

I followed the link in this article on my Q5 SQR100-2 with 10.2.0.424 and I'm busy downloading the runtime now. 81.3 download, 154.9 install size.

Posted via CB10

Thanks BlackBerry you have been impressing me like crazy lately. I love where things are going, selling phones direct then pushing updates through BlackBerry world was the way to go

Posted via CB10

Blackberry should take a note from Google and decouple most of the OS like this. Keep everything out of the hands of the carriers and keep OS changes minimal and boring.

Yes crackberry leaks. Why you no have update for sta-5. Is because we in Canada? You no like Canada?

Via CB10 Rockin the beautiful new Z30 STA100-5 Runnin 10.2.0.1791

Didn't work for me not able to open the likes of Skype, clipboard, British airways app...etc etc...I was hoping 10.2 would fix it, but it hasn't. :-(

Posted via CB10

I have to hand it to Michael Clewley, as one of the people who did have the Android bug when I updated, he made me feel confident that it was being fixed.

He listened to our tweets and asked us questions to help the dev team trouble shoot the problem and let us know that they would be able to deliver the patch via BlackBerry World. I can honestly say, I respect Mr. Clewley more than any other public face at the company. He communicates clearly and delivers.

Posted via CB10

Is this not available in the UK only I have been clicking the link on & off for sometime now & all I get is

Unknown item

The requested item does not exist or is not available. (EC )

I have tried the link on my Z10 running 2.0 & I get the same error message

Unknown item

The requested item does not exist or is not available. (EC )

It seems to be hit & miss

I'm running 10.2.0.424 on my STL100-3 Z10 and I keep getting the "does not exist" message when I try to download this. Tried turning WiFi off and going thru mobile network but still no go

Posted via CB10

Ok downloaded and installed, rebooted but Skype and Flipboard don't work...it gets past the loading screen but then closes itself down.

Posted via CB10

Has anyone installed this and then checked it on Sachesi? I saw upthread that it may be the Runtime from the 575 leak, which would mean it would be unlocked.

Well have tried everything, rebooting, taking battery out. Deleting Skype and Flipboard but nada, not working.

God only knows why I'm having this issue, seems like no one else is having issues. FFS.

Posted via CB10

Since this android upgrade the swipe from the lock screen does not work on the Z10 anybody noticing this

Posted via CB10

Downloaded it in Germany both for Z10 and Q10. Everything works.

Hopefully I now can get Audible to work. I must learn how the Sachesi method works...

Posted via CB10

I'm the one who told Michael how to fix it. He totally ripped me off. My posts on Twitter and here on CrackBerry can prove it.

I used my Z10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

All of you would be better off using my instructions on another thread. Works without zero issues.

I used my Z10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Downloaded it on my Q10 but viber still opens then closers it self but others work okay.

Posted via CB10

It seems like I was too late... its saying "The requested item does not exist or is not available."

I gad some lag in some Android card games after my 10.2 IS upgrade, so I applied this update and the problem was solved. I did need to reboot my Z10 after installing.

Posted via CB10 1.4.2 on Z10 10.2.0.424 on the Rogers Network

Arrrrggghhhhhh. Aaaacccchhhh. Iiiiiiiccccckk. We hates it. We hates it. None of my side loaded apps work now. gollum gollum

SQN 100-4 v10.2.0.1761

Okay. Okay. I didn't read all the comments. Reboot fixed all and all apps much more responsive: PayPal, Epicurious, Poynt (port) , and Kobo books. Great job.

SQN 100-4 v10.2.0.1761

I would love to be able to run android apps. I would love to have 10.2. Still waiting TMO USA. Any realistic time frame on this?

I already have unlocked run time..and I can run any app with no issues but permanent bar is there at the bottom. So any one tried this one..whether it is locked or unlocked, bar is there or not...any suggestions...

Posted via CB10

I tried it and it's not working for me I have os 10.2 official from BlackBerry and before my Instagram and kik were working now it doesn't even open but before they used to at least open then close every hour or so. Can someone tell me how to remove this please

Posted via CB10

Never mind I guess I just had to remove the battery and put it back in, it works on stl-100-3 os 10.2
Approved
Thanks.

Posted via CB10

You could just reboot by holding the lock button on top and select restart. Battery pull is so yesterday lol.

Posted via CB10

Most of my apps not running. Shows black screen with blue strip trying to load at the bottom of screen. I have the version 10.2.0.1791 before the download. :(

Posted via CB10

Installed on my z10 as I thought it might help me with side loading apps. Still same problems as before. Not one bar file I side loaded has worked.

Posted via CB10

I had the 641 unlocked runtime working fine, but I installed this over it just for kicks. Works great. Definitely feels faster than what I had. I don't think its unlocked because the one app that I had converted without a debug token won't launch. But it runs so smooth, I'm keeping it.

P.S. If you're having trouble loading apps, hold the volume up and down keys to reset. Worked for me.

Posted via CB10

Holding volume up & down to reboot takes too much time. Holding the top lock button will give a quicker access to reboot.

Posted via CB10

Just downloaded the BlackBerry runtime for Android fm BlackBerry World and application is not showing in my menu even I have started my mobile. Have Z10, STL100.2 And running on 10.2.0.424. Pls help how to install apps android without Pc. Thanks.

Posted via CB10

so looks like only IG is no longer working got a uninstall and re-install message ...i tried a 4.2.2 file now no matter what I get incompatible device message after a few uninstall reboots and re-install even 4.1.2 file now ...solution other than wipe :) all other apps side loaded are good (trillian, mint, vine is faster, kik, speed test all running great) ....running 1761, stable and smooth :)

If you install this, you need to reboot the phone ones or twice before the apps start working.
If you have a Z30 like me, it is not available, and should not be required.

Posted via CB10

I have installed 10.2.0.123 runtime and working fine with no bar.

Shuld I update it with this one?

BlackBerry Q10 (SQN 100-3/OS 10.2.1.575) on Vodafone in INDIA

After downloading and hard reset the first app took a while to load but now everything works fine. Great stuff!
Thanks BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10

. i just dwnloaded the runtime and didnt find the icon .
But instagran ain't opening
Do i need to do something.. ?

Posted via CB10

Awesome move by BlackBerry.....I am so releaved by this,now it's logical and efficient.We could get a 4.2 to 4.3 or 4.4 update OTA(may not be possible cause of large changes,and those updates are far reached)
....anyway an unexpected and brilliant move by BB

Posted via CB10

Security wipe your phone then restore your data and see if that fixes your issue.

Still no luck getting my android ported apps to work with this, must have rebooted about 20 times now. Left the battery out for a few hrs but still nothing.

Im going to wipe my phone clean then restore my data and hopefully it will work..if not then i have no clue as to what to do lol.

Van someone help me, I am having some side loading issues. Some apps won't function at all and crash. Will this android runtime have any affect?

Posted via CB10

I have a Blackberry Z30 STA100-2 running 10.2.0.1791 and i can't download the runtime, saying "device not compatible" Anyway to downgrade or something. I'm with Rogers.

So just wiped my device and restored my data and still does not work...i had a 8mb update after i wiped so that installed but still no skype or flipboard.

Guess i just cant use skype or flipboard on my z10 and no i cannot start fresh as i have quite a few things on my phone that i need.

That is the game I really want. But I don't know how to get it. I don't understand all this side loading. I don't even know what version of Android runtime I have or if I need to upgrade it. Any chance you could walk a techno dummy through it?

Posted via CB10

Help! I downloaded this update and now several android apps like Poynt don't load or work. How do I remove this update???
I removed and re installed Poynt but it still doesn't work....aaaarrgh! so frustrated now!

Posted using my amazing Z10...BB4All

Right just tried this and pretty much all my side loaded apps such as candy crush, viber, fruit ninja have stopped working regardless off the v+ v- reset procedure.

Paper toss works.

Since the update I have noticed that the phone is lighting quick and all the official apps off BlackBerry World open so much quicker!!!!

Impressed but p*ssed my side loaded stuff don't work :(

Posted via CB10

Hi, what did I do wrong? Because I downloaden.Afterwards lot of apps were broken after that.

I was force to restore everything. :(, BBQ10

Posted via CB10

Your side loaded apps will NOT work as this run time is LOCKED.

Reload your device with an unlocked runtime.

That's what's I'm about to do with mine as the official runtime has stopped my side loaded apps from working :'(

Posted via CB10

It's far from crap. It's just that you're used to an inferior product up to now. This OS is just that...Out Standing! Granted, the company was mismanaged badly, but BB10 is the best OS in the game, period!

Posted using my amazing Z10...BB4All

Now that I've installed this (I'm running 10.2) all of my sideloads no longer work properly. They all open up to a load screen (similar to when I've just restarted my phone), and then when they load all the way they just close and I get brought back to the homescreen. This happens every time.

Thoughts?

Posted via CB10

Try doing multiple restarts. Launch a few android apps each time. Took me three times before they all started working but now the run time is smoking. Very happy.

Posted via CB10

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