Snap for BlackBerry 10 offers quick Android APK downloads

By Bla1ze on 15 Nov 2013 09:22 pm EST
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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 them out.

We've mentioned several secondary to Google Play Store offerings such as Amazon, 1Mobile and others but perhaps the best one so far comes to us via the CrackBerry Forums where Flip Shush developer, James Paul Muir​, has created a new BlackBerry 10 app called Snap. Snap is a native BlackBerry 10 app that taps into an API created for the sole purpose of searching and downloading APK files directly from the Google Play Store.

You just simply sideload the BAR file, load up the app and search for the app you wish to install, then from there it will pull in the APK file directly from the Google Play Store and you can download and install it directly onto your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Of course, there is one very reasonable caveat here. While Snap may find paid apps through it's search mechanism, you CANNOT actually install those paid applications as only free downloads are supported.

Needless to say, this should makes things a whole lot easier for people looking to install Android APK files on their BlackBerry 10 devices. It works amazingly well and is simple to use, the hardest thing about it all is probably the fact that you still need to sideload the initial BAR file to get up and running but maybe that will change. I jokingly suggested it should have been an Android app so folks could install it OTA as well.

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Snap for BlackBerry 10 offers quick Android APK downloads

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Mine is having issues with FB in the hub not loading the message it goes dim and back to regular and won't open. MMS/ pictures won't send via TXT.
But using 1mobile for my apps. And when I reboot all deleted APK come back even after I deleted the APK file in file manager. Any suggestions.

Flicked with my Zed 10 running 10.2.1.1055

Delete the apps from the device monitor screen... you'll find them under "storage"... it has been reported to work.

As for the Facebook not opening from hub and acting weird.. just delete it all together and download the version that's currently on BlackBerry World, works great!

Posted via CB10 on my Z10STL100-1/10.2.1.1055

Worded great thank you Now to figure out why FB wont work in the HUB and my Native Maps don't work either. Oh and cant send pictures MMS txt, says general isses

Finally got android apps through snap to delete, and not reappear. Thanks for that tip on Apps Manager delete!! Got everything else working okay on my Z10! Yeah man!!!

Posted via CB10

I was having the same problem with apps not uninstalling. Search Blackberry World for an app called "ghost commander". Once it is installed, open more at the bottom right, hit "location", "home" and "applications". Then long press on the app you want and hit "manage". From there you can turn off notifications or uninstall.

Hey... can I ask if u have the white balance feature in display settings after u installed the 1055 leak on your stl-1 z10

For anybody readin this, THIS APPLICATION NO LONGER WORKS because so many CrackBerrians used it and overloaded the download API endpoint, causing an error.

So PLEASE don't ask why it doesn't work.

Posted via CB10

UPDATE: NEW VERSION. Now allows you to use your own Device ID (yes, the Android runtime on your phone has one!) and Google Play account. Click the link in the thread to get it.

Search for "BarInstall" in the CB forums. It is a native app designed for installing
Bar files on device.

Posted via CB10

Thanks. I've just had a look there but I'm not any the wiser.

The CB forums seem to be populated by people who know what they are talking about - but unfortunately, I'm not one of them!

Is there a forum where simple people like me can get basic help without being bamboozled by technical terms?

Posted via CB10

I Swear this is comment speaks volumes. so many people are on the same EXACT boat. If there was a video tutorial life would be so much easier….. no one has time to figure all this out lol

Here is my pin I'll help you out 333c2727 with side loading and bar or APK files.

Flicked with my Zed 10 running 10.2.1.1055

Get me the Android apps effortlessly and I will convert 15 to 20 iPhone users to the Z30

Posted via CB10

I wasn't having success with amazon apk files but tried the Android good e reader store and it worked much better

Posted via my  Z10.2.1.1055

Amazon App Store APKs not working? That is very disappointing. Hopefully it's just an issue with this partiuclar 10.2.1 build.

Doesn't Amazon force an app to run in the background that permits apps downloaded from Amazon to work? I had been using Amazon on an old phone and when I uninstalled the Amazon store all the apps that were downloaded from Amazon stopped working (even free apps).

Make that 21. Lost my patience with bb mostly due to lack of the apps I wanted. Still love the brand though and want the bigger screen

Oh nice, I was managing with 1mobile fairly well but I could probably get better performance (and ease of mind) using a native app that taps directly into the Google Play Store.

Posted via CB10

For some reason my Q10 overheats when I'm running 1Mobile, so I had to keep uninstalling it between installing APKs.

I haven't had that problem yet, though it doesn't seem to handle multiple downloads very well (slows the system down).

P.S. Bla1ze, can you update this post to reflect the issues with the app? The forum thread is becoming saturated with repetitive posts about issues with downloading apks after the OP has already explained the issue.

Posted via CB10

This is good for us BlackBerry enthusiasts, what about the average Joe attracted to a BlackBerry 10 smartphone and want these same apps but don't know a thing about sideloading, Apk files or even a bar file?
How does BlackBerry intend to close that gap between prosumers and regular consumers?

Posted via CB10

I partly agree, and I partly say, "Saddle up boys, we got a job to do." Each of us teaches two people, they each tell just one more...

CB10 ¤ 10.2.0.1047 ¤ Crack-a-lackin'!

The average Joe won't be running 10.2.1 for months, and by the time it's officially released I'm sure there'll be easier, more official ways for people to get .APK files.

Anyone who's running 10.2.1 is either already comfortable with sideloading, or knows someone who is, and getting this app on the phone is considerably less difficult than installing a leaked OS.

+1. Hopefully by then, there's actually an app store that's an official download (or baked into the OS) that allows downloading of APKs.

But as far as I'm concerned, this is the best OS I've used since I bought my Z10 on launch day, and not just because of the ability to install APKs.

I never sideload a single app.

Z10 is my fist Blackberry, and thanks god, my best phone to date.

But I do use the leaks. It's very easy to do; and I'm the proof that you don't need to be a genius to do it!

Bingo, I showed this to Android iPhone users and the response was " you got to be kidding " ! And " What BlackBerry still does not have.." .....on they go with a list of Apps !

Posted via CB10

I know the direct APK functionality doesn't come until 10.2.1 so will installing this app on my device running 10.2 be a total waste of time?

Posted via CB10

Half? More like 95% of apps work with OS 10.2.1.1055...and BlackBerry plans to close that gap soon.

STL100-3 10.2.1.1055

If this app makes it to the blackberry market. BlackBerry will take of. And will be well on its way to being the 3rd in Os behind android and ios.

Posted via CB10

Hm, sideloaded it, found something by search but download doesn't do anything? Nothing happens on my Q10. Tried reboot, no reaction.

Using Q10

I get the following error every time. How can I fix it.
Server Error in '/' Application.

Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: input

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: input

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: input]
System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Match(String input) +8936602
APIfy.Controllers.AndroidMarket.MarketSession.GetPackageDownloadUrl(String packageName, String authToken) +758
APIfy.APIs.AndroidMarketController.DownloadAPK(String package) +85
lambda_method(Closure , ControllerBase , Object[] ) +130
System.Web.Mvc.ReflectedActionDescriptor.Execute(ControllerContext controllerContext, IDictionary`2 parameters) +261
System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethod(ControllerContext controllerContext, ActionDescriptor actionDescriptor, IDictionary`2 parameters) +39
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass42.b__41() +34
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass39.b__33() +124
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4f.b__49() +838059
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass37.b__36(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +15
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass2a.b__20() +33
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass25.b__22(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +838644
System.Web.Mvc.c__DisplayClass1d.b__18(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +28
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4.b__3(IAsyncResult ar) +15
System.Web.Mvc.Controller.EndExecuteCore(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +65
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4.b__3(IAsyncResult ar) +15
System.Web.Mvc.Controller.EndExecute(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +51
System.Web.Mvc.c__DisplayClass8.b__3(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +42
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4.b__3(IAsyncResult ar) +15
System.Web.Mvc.MvcHandler.EndProcessRequest(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +51
System.Web.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +606
System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +288

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:4.0.30319; ASP.NET Version:4.0.30319.18055

Posted via CB10

Why would anyone want to use Google Play APKs? So many of the apps on GPlay require Play Services and won't run on even 10.2.1.1055.

I don't want to waste my time and be disappointed downloading apps that won't run. For this reason (IMO), the only app store worthwhile for BlackBerry users is the Amazon store (since Amazon tablets don't have access to Google Play Services just like BB10).

Stores that allow downloads of APKs that can't run on BB10 are going to make people hate BB10's Android player since non-tech savvy users will just say "Android on BB10 doesn't work" or "it's way too buggy".

I'm not looking forward to the forums being flooded with complaints about how "Android doesn't work". :(

Posted via CB10

"Whatever" to user experience? What do YOU think an everyday user is gonna think when Google Maps, Hangouts, etc.. crashes? Do you think that will cause them to have: (a) a better view of BB10, or (b) a worse view of BB10?

Please, "handle this" question.

Don't get me wrong though. I appreciate the work the developer is doing. And while I think this is a great tool for technically literate users, I don't think this is a good tool to use if you know nothing about about software except that "you want apps" -- which is the majority of users.

I agree with you while it is nice to have access to those apps you are not getting the complete experience, example I have a sports score application and the push notifications don't work because they rely on Google services

It's a temporary solution but these apps need to find their way to the BlackBerry App World plain and simple

Anyways, it looks like we're stuck with 1Mobile (for now at least), even though it has APKs for apps that that use Play Services.

It appears that for some reason, many apps from Google Play and Amazon won't run, but the very same apps DO run if downloaded from 1Mobile!

In fact, people have found that almost NO apps downloaded from Amazon work, yet almost all of the exact same apps DO work from 1Mobile!

http://forums.crackberry.com/bb10-leaked-beta-os-f395/lets-list-android-...

Very true this is great news for who knows what to do but my aunt a Berry user took forever to convert from her 9700 to Q10 this is absolutely worthless and bad for the word of mouth to convert the rest of her BlackBerry friends.

Posted via CB10

Oddly, all two of the apks I've installed from Amazon (Candy Crush Saga and Dream of Pixels) do not work. The one that I got from Good Ereader, however (Dish Network Anywhere), works okay. (It has issues with font size and screen orientation.)

EDIT: It looks like this is being commonly reported; others are going so far as to say that NO apps from the Amazon app store work.

This is great! Sucks that you need to sideload it to begin with. If you could just install bar files from my phone, that'd be great...

Posted via CB10

An appstore should come preloaded. And by getting android apps by this method will we be able to get update notificationa

Via theZed10

I agree. But not just an APK app store. We need a fully "curated" app store. One in which every app is guaranteed to run on the user's device, just like how on BlackBerry World apps that won't run on your OS don't even appear in the listings.

I keep getting a server "/"error application in the browser on any app I try to download. I am not sure why

Posted via CB10

Server Error in '/' Application.

Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: input

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: input

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: input]
System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Match(String input) +8936602
APIfy.Controllers.AndroidMarket.MarketSession.GetPackageDownloadUrl(String packageName, String authToken) +758
APIfy.APIs.AndroidMarketController.DownloadAPK(String package) +85
lambda_method(Closure , ControllerBase , Object[] ) +130
System.Web.Mvc.ReflectedActionDescriptor.Execute(ControllerContext controllerContext, IDictionary`2 parameters) +261
System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethod(ControllerContext controllerContext, ActionDescriptor actionDescriptor, IDictionary`2 parameters) +39
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass42.b__41() +34
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass39.b__33() +124
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4f.b__49() +838059
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass37.b__36(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +15
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass2a.b__20() +33
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass25.b__22(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +838644
System.Web.Mvc.c__DisplayClass1d.b__18(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +28
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4.b__3(IAsyncResult ar) +15
System.Web.Mvc.Controller.EndExecuteCore(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +65
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4.b__3(IAsyncResult ar) +15
System.Web.Mvc.Controller.EndExecute(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +51
System.Web.Mvc.c__DisplayClass8.b__3(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +42
System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass4.b__3(IAsyncResult ar) +15
System.Web.Mvc.MvcHandler.EndProcessRequest(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +51
System.Web.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +606
System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +288

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:4.0.30319; ASP.NET Version:4.0.30319.18055

Posted via CB10

I believe this app will be the best app for dowload APK if there is "tested certificate" for each android APK which flawlessly run on BB 10.

Posted via CB10

The error was due to the app using one account for everyone... It has been fixed and updated. check the OP in the forum

You're not very literate in how software works are you... Try googling, heading to BB's dev portal, or cracking a book (or 50) before making comments that are nonsense. If you don't understand anything about how the software works, then don't comment on it and embarrass yourself.

I think you're looking at it the wrong way. I don't know anyone that owns, and uses, a Macbook for business that isn't running Parallels with some sort of Windows variant. It's just one of those things where you can have the best of both worlds.

Tim

Away from my pc, but I will definitely sideload this in the AM.

My BlackBerry History: 6510, 7520, 7100i, Storm 9500, Storm 2, Torch 9850, PlayBook 64gb, Z10...

We broke Adams blog tool as a community. There's a reason in the forum.

Was a good start. Don't start complaining, a lot of people are working hard to figure this stuff out for us. It's been 24hrs!!

Posted via CB10

LeroyP09: I have the same problem. You need to make security wipe Your device. It's take a LONG time, but after that problem with Hub is gone :)

Posted via CB10

Guys please you should have At least 10.2.1.1055 otherwise the Android player won't work for a lot of apks

Posted via CB10

Boy after a year we are still talking side loading Apps and developers are still not even mentioning BlackBerry in their interviews......boy did BlackBerry miss the app story !

Posted via CB10

I'm one of these people that did manage to upgrade to 10.2 through rogers
Even though I'm a Verizon customer
Yet have no clue what sideloading, and bars mean...
Anyone ready to help?

Posted via CB10

A quick Google will take you to a Crackberry forum where both mentioned topics will be laid out for you in plain language and explain the steps needed for sideloading. There are multiple ways to do it, pick the one that works for you.

Posted via my Zed (not Zee) 10

I cannot find download link for snap? Can I get posted link for please or a link to where I can get apks?

Posted via CB10

What should RIM do is to make the developers make applications for BlackBerry and they must be known developers like EA games GameLoft and others
Also I think that Rim must hire a new staff to make new inventions for the company

That's my opinion and sorry for my bad English

Posted via CB10

Pay attention to this!

I went to amazon and downloaded the amazon app ask file once you install the app file for Amazon I was able to search and download and install Android apps at will!

Posted via CB10

I mentioned that before, but I think Bla1ze is resting this weekend (to which I'm glad, does he ever sleep?! :p )

Posted via CB10

Running the latest leaked 10.2.1 on my Z30. Snap doesn't work, I can find the app but click on download and nothing happens. If I go to Mobile1 I can save the app and then click on it but a new screen just pops up saying 'processing' and nothing else. Anyone else experiencing the same issues ?

Posted via CB10

OK just saw the above posts regarding snap but still doesn't explain why I'm unable to install from saved apps in device.

Posted via CB10

A reboot solved the issue of not being able to download the apps! However I'm finding that many crash or ones like TripAdvisor don't work with location services...unfortunately we're still in the early days of Android apps working flawlessly on BlackBerry 10...

Posted via CB10

The apk downloads are working fine for me with two notable exceptions. I keep getting the first versions of BB&T and Vivint. Instead of 3.01 or what have you, I am getting 1.0. Very strange. That is only for those two applications. All the other ones work fine.

Posted via CB10

I am receiving a server error - input parameter cannot be NULL. Am I missing a step? I load Snap and search , it finds the app u would like then opens the Web browser and then I receive the server error described above.

Posted via CB10

The not being able to download paid apps OTA from GP isn't really a caveat. In fairness (tho I'm far from innocent myself), Snap here seems to avoid the moral issues of software piracy. Good job, dev :)

Posted via CB10

It is such a sad state of affairs that we have to spoof the Android system to get the applications we want for our Blackberry's. For all the time and money wasted, RIM/Blackberry could have paid the developers to produce the applications for Blackberry.

BlackBerry figures why pay for app development when we can have guinea pigs do it for free and port what they want themselves...
Were too busy getting bbm on android and ios to bother rotfl!!!

You know whats really sad? Android and google play get more love on crackberry than BlackBerry and BlackBerry world

I tried this and keep getting a failed warning when it goes to search for the app. Keeps happening so screw it I deleted it.

Posted via CB10

Too bad this doesn't work for me (noticed others with same errors trying to download).

1Mobile Market works pretty good but kills my battery!

Nice thoughtful app, but unfortunately it is not working anymore. Please fix if it can be fixed ASAP... I was looking forward in using and bragging about this new addition to blackberry 10. Thanks

Posted via CB10

Why can't companies just get along? Work together so that they all make money. Yeah, yeah I know, what I just said is purely ludicrous. Lol
As for pulling paid apk files from Google Play. If you own some type of Android device you can purchase an app in Google Play or Amazon Appstore (these two I know for sure) for creating apk backups of all your Android apps. Then all you'd need to do is install them locally to your BlackBerry. How you would do that these days I have no clue, sorry. I know of three backup apps that do this though. Appmonster (will not backup protected apks), Titanium Backup (don't know first hand, but have heard pro version can bypass encryption), My Apk's Pro (has free version, but like Titanium only pro can only bypass protected). Hope this helps.

Camera doesn't work anymore even after rebooting several times. Most of the Android apps don't work either. Rolling back to official carrier OS until a more stable one is made available.

Posted via CB10

Why bother side-loading any bar files when you can download the android apps directly to your device from 1Mobile Market?

Posted via CB10

I just got my z30 yesterday. I've installed the program and I have been able to log into Google play and download the apps, but it won't let me install them.
I press 'launch installer' and nothing happens.

Ive downloaded the Snap. I can download the apk. file, but it wont install on the phone. Any idea's?
software 10.2.0.429 BB Z30

I downloaded snap. Found the app I wanted to download and downloaded it. Once it did that the green download button changed to open installer.. But once I pressed it nothing happened, no install, no app.

Am I missing something?

Anybody have the link to the latest version of Snap? I downloaded and works fine hoping update allows use to access old apps already purchased on Google Store as my wife use to have a GS2. Thank for the link if applicable. As usual any tips are welcome. Thank you 10.2.1.1055! AND Snap.

PS Strava says you need Google play services to work on Z10. I'm assuming we don't have access to Google Play services on Blackberry 10?

I have never sideloaded before. Please help me and let me know step-by-step how i can sideload the bar file into my Z10.

Thanks.

I've downloaded and installed Snap, and subsequent apps, mostly without issue.

However, there is one app (that I paid for in Google Play) that doesn't seem to have downloaded, and all I have is "Open Installer" - but there is nothing there to install.

Does anyone know how to re-download an apk using Snap.

Thanks