Handster Android App Market to begin submitting Android apps to BlackBerry App World on behalf of developers!

Android Apps on BlackBerry
By Kevin Michaluk on 7 Dec 2011 11:11 am EST
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One of the questions I asked RIM execs back at BlackBerry DevCon during our Android Apps on BlackBerry press session was in regards to third party Android app marketplaces. I was wondering if RIM, in addition to allowing individual developers to submit their Android apps to BlackBerry App World, would try and work on injesting apps from some of these other Android app sources in volume. The response I received from RIM was that "yes, this is something they have thought about". Whether they would or not was still a question.

But today we have evidence that not only did RIM think about this, but is actually doing it, thanks to this email we received from our friend Wayne (@wjddesigns) at WJD Designs:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anna Golosovskaya
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM
Subject: Android Apps for BlackBerry PlayBook
To: wjddesigns.com
@opera.com>

Dear WJD Designs

Some good news from your friends at Handster! Starting December 7, 2011, Handster (a division of Opera Software) will begin submitting your applications to BlackBerry App World. Your apps will then be made available to BlackBerry PlayBook users through the BlackBerry App World storefront in early 2012. This will increase the distribution opportunities for your apps from Handster. For more information on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook, check out developer.blackberry.com/android.

There is minimal maintenance required from your side. Handster will take care of the verification process on apps, the conversion of APK files to BAR files, apps signing and retesting on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. All you need to do is resize your application entry icon to 86 x 86 pixels to meet requirements for BlackBerry App World submission and submit us your updated APK file. We will start porting apps as soon as they come in and begin readying them for distribution, so be sure to be one of the first to submit your Android app for conversion.

If you have any new Android apps, please do let us know. Freeware apps can be updated by our content management team automatically. As for paid apps, please update them in your Handster developer account or send them to me via email. Our content managers will upload them in your developer account, and save you some time.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Anna Golosovskaya

Handster/Opera Software | Content manager

This is pretty huge news for BlackBerry PlayBook owners, as well as BBX, I mean BlackBerry 10, phones in 2012. It's critical for there to be a BIG app selection for launch, and this sort of initiative is one of the ways that RIM is going to meet that goal. Word is, Handster actually submitted some of these apps long ago -- over 7,000 in fact, that have been internally tested by RIM employees for a while now. I can see some big PROs and potential CONs to this strategy, which we'll follow up with in another post, but for now this is pretty exciting news. I'll be curious to see if RIM does deals with any other Android App Market places in similar fashion, or if Handster will be the only. If you're an Android developer out there and come across any emails or info in similar fashion, be sure to send it in to tips@crackberry.com.

37 comments

coolcut

nice! can't wait for 2.0!

borndizzknocks

RIM doing something seriously right for once. Amazing! Hopefully this is a sign of more good news to come!

Bla1ze

What Handster didn't say in the email is that they actually handed over 7,000 apps to RIM already. Employees have been testing them internally forever.

gordongr

Funny how some people don't read the post before they comment

aris20

Funny how u don read the name of who said that comment before you comment. Thats Bla1ze.... he Knew about this even b4 the Post was made :) and BTW prolly he said it and then kevin updated the post and added that info at the end.

Bla1ze

That is EXACTLY what happened, word for word.

You can even see the same edit was made on the Android Central post that goes with this one. :)

http://bla1ze.com/picload/images/screenjqj.png

I appluad your unsuccessful trolling though gordongr. Good effort. ;)

shiekoselim

and THAT is how you put a troll in their place.

brmrrw

lol

Faithful Blackberry User

gordongr

that was an attempted gotcha in response to a tweet you sent out recently, oh well, I will keep trying

Crackberrykills

Gah, guy. Don't you know nothing? Sowwy, I will stop now. Carry on.

alpinechem

Great !!! But we are tired of this waiting game

bitek

better to wait than have incomplete product again.

LuayS

as long as they have the native look and feel, and you ate able to run more than one at a time it should be good. I would hope the devs use this as a precursor and then start going native.

travaz

I like it! Looks good for Feb

joski

Looking great! Suck it up babies :)

pkcable

Nice tip Wayne!!!!!!!!

jfmanzo

"Injest" isn't a word. If you mean "ingest," which means "eat," then even that doesn't make any sense.

bluenose363

I believe it's just a typo. He probably meant this word "inject".

This however is so phenomenal though! Whooooo!

Crackberrykills

Typo indeed. But hey, tech blog here. Not sure why the gramma and spelling police are always here in the comments section. Oh well.

jfmanzo

Because it's a tech BLOG. Not a tech SMS or a tech book report by a grade three student. It's a product composed by what are supposed to be professional writers and it's for-profit to boot. And given that, the quality of writing is often abysmal. Does Kevin even know the correct spelling of "its"? I have to ask, because he misspells it in every article.

Crackberrykills

I do not want to make this into a "thing;" however, I do want to offer this additional comment or two. Perhaps three. Anyhoo, I digress. I care not that an occasional grammar or spelling mistake happens on CrackBerry. Who am I to correct that here in the comments section? I am not CrackBerry's parent or teacher. So, why bother? If you truly want to effect change in this area, perhaps a strongly worded email to Kevin, Bla1ze, or Adam would get the ball rolling on this very important matter. Besides, you do realize that there are other tech blogs out there with truly horrendous grammar and spelling woes. Compared to some of those, CrackBerry is a shining beacon on how to write an article. I am not kidding. I have seen fragments, homophone debacles, run-ons, dangling modifiers, subject-verb agreement disasters, and double negatives that would make your skin crawl. In the end, be happy that Kevin et al. have not gone that route, and give them a break. Have a pleasant day.

andrew3306

Sweating the trivial things, you probably on meds for stress related ailments like high blood pressure. You can critique this too :)

El Platanero

I'm stoked for the update. I have two playbooks that need some love.

Crackberrykills

Anyhoo, I just want some quality applications in the App World. I am beyond sick of these Digi Media Apps (Books) always appearing in the "New" section. RIM, supposedly, is working on rectifying that issue, but it has been slow going at this point.

koolrosh

+1

I always go on the App World to check for new Apps and these Book Apps are very annoying! I don't even consider these Apps, they are just digitized book. They should create a new "Book" section for them.

Crackberrykills

Indeed. Or, eradicate them entirely. These "books" that company offers can be obtained for free on the Internet. They have repackaged them for profit, and hopefully, no one has been foolish enough to give up money for them. Craziness.

the brother

Please enter me in this Hammy the Handster contest. Who doesn't love gerbils?

ice4u2

I hope this is good news. But I just took a look at the Handster app collection on their website. Not seeing too many things there that impress me app wise but the foundation is there. No Kindle or Netflix app but there is a Nook app. We'll just see next year. But right now it looks as promising as AppWorld (key word is promising).

ekafara

I'm excited. I may not buy a lot of Android apps, but this should bring the price of BB apps down.

lgmarines

This is awesome news. I can't wait to start supporting the App Wold echo system. I'm ready for the full transition from Apple's App Store. Looking forward to start trying out those QNX/BBX/Blackberry 10 apps. App world has three Playbook customers waiting in line. We believe in you RIMM.

predacon

Amazing!! I cant wait till 2.0 comes out