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 readily available on BlackBerry 10. Using the 1mobile Market to download and install Android apps on your BlackBerry 10 device is a very simple process, but in case you need some guidance, we've laid it all out here from start to finish. Note that this only works with the leaked OS 10.2.1.1055 for now (and most likely higher versions at some point).
Keep reading to see how it's done.
Download 1mobile Market
First things first - you'll need to download the 1mobile Market to your device. To do so, just point your BlackBerry browser to 1mobile.com/app/market
Tap the For Phone button under download
Choose the location to save the APK file and tap Save
When the download is complete, tap the file to open the APK
Tap Install, then tap Accept in the permissions popup
When the install is done, tap Open
Now the 1mobile Market is installed on your device and you can freely browse and install Android apps. How? Keep reading ....
Downloading and Installing Android Apps
Browse through the lists or search for an app you want to download
Tap the app title to open the app page
Tap Free to begin the download
When the download is done, the native installer will start. Tap Install
Tap Accept on the permissions popup
When the install is done, tap Open to start the app
BOOM. You're done.
Remove 1mobile notifications
You may notice that the 1mobile Market now throws some unwanted notifications into your Hub however. To remove this takes a bit of extra work, but it's well worth it. Find out how to remove them by following this thread in the forums.
Now also keep in mind that not all apps you'll download will actually run on BlackBerry 10. That being said, we've had plenty of luck with most apps we've tried from the 1mobile Market. Hit up the comments and let us know if you come across any that aren't working. If you have any other tips on using the 1mobile Market be sure to let us know!
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