What apps are missing in BlackBerry World?

By Kevin Michaluk on 23 Jan 2014 04:25 pm EST

Last week our friends over at Windows Phone Central asked their readers what apps are missing in the Windows Phone Store? As you may expect, the post got a big response. Like BlackBerry, while there has been solid growth in their app catalog, there's still a gap in apps compared to iOS and Android. 

With the upcoming rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 beginning on January 28th, BlackBerry 10 users will have the ability to install Android apps (.apk files) directly onto their device. This will go a long way in solving the app needs of BlackBerry 10 users. As explained in our BlackBerry 10.2.1 FAQ, this doesn't mean Google Play will run natively on BlackBerry 10, but even without that support there will be plenty of ways in which users will be able to get these Android apps onto their phone. 

As 10.2.1 officially rolls out, we'll be providing lots of guidance around here to help BlackBerry owners find their way to the Android apps they want.

In the meantime though, I want to know which apps you're currently missing the most in BlackBerry World? Or phrased another way, which Android apps are you looking forward to installing the most on your BB10 phone (that you ultimately would like to see come to BlackBerry World too)? 

Give me your full list of must-have apps that you can't currently (officially) get in the comments!

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What apps are missing in BlackBerry World?



At least there are 3rd party clients for Instagram. We really need Netflix (port or native), hulu plus and pandora.

No it isn't. There are no bluetooth controls within Apollo; can't skip, pause, mute, etc. over bluetooth. When listening to it in the car, if you want to do anything with it, you have to fiddle around with your phone. And the interface is not "driver friendly" at all. If I'm just listening on my couch, it's fine because I can focus my attention on working with the app. Also, the app will randomly stop playing sometimes, usually just before or just after an ad.

Yes, but there are no advertisement banners or annoying commercials every three songs and it's free.

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"We"? I cancelled Hulu Plus recently and Netflix a long time ago. I've got an Android (nay Amazon) device that had accessed them both. Still axed' em.

So mehhhhhhhhh

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What he meant was that not having it isn't the end of the world the way Netflix subscribers pretend.

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Not pretend. Having to stop using a service you like and enjoy because the company from whom you bought the phone is failing to attract some major developers and failing to establish business partnerships is not the way to go.

I also consider many things to not be the end of the world for me, but for others, they are part of their daily activities/routines etc etc. If you can cancel the service and don't look back, then obviously you didn't need it. But netflix has 40+ million subscribers and increasing. To increase, the number of sign ups have to be greater than the cancellations ;)

I hope you are not blaming BlackBerry and whining about not having access to Netflix on your phone. Mainly because the solution is easy, get a different Damn phone to watch your beloved Netflix, otherwise, have a coke and a smile and quit crying. I'm a Netflix subscriber, but it's no big deal not to have access via my Z10, hell, i just fire up the tv to watch a movie. I truly enjoy my ZED and the whole BlackBerry platform and have no plans of abandoning it because of Netflix.

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I travel and run Netflix on my Z10 out thru the HDMI port into the hotel flat screen, saves the cost of hotel movies, and I can still watch it on a regular TV screen.

Apollo does a great job, has a nicer UI and no ads! AND you can sign in using the same ID as Pandora since they are from the same company.

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APOLLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The one app to rule them all! A little quirky, occasionally but nothing a restart of the app wont fix! NO ADS! The devs who whooped this up are by far the best for not putting in any shitty ads! My GF on her crApple iDud her Pandora client plays a commercial every 3 songs. Every time one plays I tell her, "Too bad you don't have Apollo, maybe you should get a BlackBerry" :D

Why does BlackBerry World "need" Pandora when there is Slacker and several other services that are same or similar? I don't get all this clamoring for Pandora. Does it offer something different from Slacker, which btw has apparently supported BlackBerry from the beginning.

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Pandora is the best audio streaming app in my opinion (works with US IP only). If you don't know then you probably haven't used it. It's great especially with Sonos integration. Pandora One is worth the $3 a month too :)

Yeah, its called variety, and people who like pandora prefer to use pandora. The same way you like to use blackberry and not anything else. I wonder what would happen if, hypothetically, you were to move to a country where blackberry services are nonexistent? I bet you would cry a river because you can't use the one you want, that you have been using for years. Having to change what you already use and have set, playlists, preferences, blablabla, because the phone developer is failing to establish business partnerships with major developers to bring them in is not good. I guess that's why blackberry has been bleeding subscribers. This isn't the 50s, people nowadays do and get what they want, if there are walls blocking one path, they simply move on to another one that can provide them what they want.

Ha! Nice! If a river is created from crying, is it salty? Who cares? :) Anyway, I agree with your point, but it's like the my question. Not many care because it's their lives and they want what they want despite the logic or lack thereof.

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I dream of a day where all major apps (Instagram, Netflix, etc) are native... and not ports. As a user of another platform that wants to come back to BlackBerry, I really hate the snub & shunning that BB10 has gotten. Remember when app developers wanted as much users as possible and made their software available on all platforms? Like cast the biggest net possible and you can catch the most fish. This is why I give much credit to WhatsApp, even though I don't use them, because they have their app on every freaking platform imaginable, which is smart.

I have to say, Netflix on runs as well as you could hope any native version might.

Posted from CB10 running on my awesome Z30

Hardly. But Netflix specifically has shown zero interest in developing for BB10. We should keep pushing them. However, Thunderbuck is right that on 10.2.1.x, Netflix runs incredibly well, considering it requires the Android runtime. Anyone who wants Netflix and other apps not natively available on BB10 today just needs to sideload one app - Snap - and they have access to the Google Play store without needing to do further sideloading. This is why the 10.2.1.x upgrade is such a big deal. People can get Android apps not listed in World much more easily.

Tumblr and Instagram are now offering apps for Windows Phone, but not BlackBerry. They are discriminating against BlackBerry users. Any entity that adds a WP app alongside their iOS and Android offerings but doesn't also create a BlackBerry app should be the target of vocal criticism, because in developing a Windows Phone app, they can no longer claim they don't have the resources to serve BlackBerry users, or there just isn't the demand/interest. If that were true they would have ignored Windows Phone.

I agree. I would also add Sonos, Pocket, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Earth, Yahoo Fantasy Hockey, Roku remote, Denon controller, Kijiji, Yelp, IMDb, Shazam, Pebble, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News Digest, Kayak, RunKeeper just to name a few. I mean real native versions that took some effort not apps that kinda work or sort of do the same thing but cost money and are normally free on other platforms.

I am already running 10.2.1 and have installed instagram and pandora. There is also a Apollo which allows you to use your pandora account. You can find Apollo in BB World.

People in the US **** Listen up...

Download the leaked version of 10.2.1 I promise that you will never regret it. Plus, I've installed an Android app store on my BlackBerry and have stupid access to apps, left, right, center, up, down, in, out, within...

I've downloaded Instagram (works perfectly), Candy Crush (Lame, but works perfectly), Netflix, Paypal, a bunch of apps and they are flawless.

Just do it and smile.


Amazon app store works, Aptoid, 1mobile, good ereader.... There are quite a few actually. But then you also have apps like Snap, that give you access to Google play

Maybe if the android runtime was working well we would have no problems downloading from snap. Yet many many apps don't work on BlackBerry for example : Go pro, canon, Samsung, air Canada, Sphero remote, just to name a few. Also you can't install any app that you need to buy. Sooo the app gap is not over.

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Not all apps will work. But a great many do. Only one I haven't been able to get to work so far is Firefox for Android.

Instagram can't come soon enough. And 10.2.1 will probably NEVER make it to the US, so this article doesn't do US users much good...

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What? I'm on 10.2.1 right now, even if US Carriers don't OTA it, BlackBerry will no doubt make it a download on their site

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Some of us on T-Mobile require WiFi calling. I don't get signal in most of my condo.

And to stop the inevitable responses:

No I will not switch carriers.

Yes I know you can jerry rig some of the leaks to work for WiFi calling but it sounds like a lot of trouble.

If I didn't require WiFi calling I'd be on a leak already. Hell I'm tempted to do it even if it meant my phone is unusable at home. But the logical side of me wins that battle.

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I'm in the same boat as you. Aside from Philadelphia, T-Mobile's covering in Pennsylvania is non-existent. My parent's have a house in the Poconos area, if I need to use my phone off wifi I'm driving almost 20 miles, so I'm stuck with the crappy 10.1 T-Mobile makes you use. I really hope US carriers don't leave us out to dry but honestly they would rather force us to buy an Ifail or droid for $600 and laugh away. Best part is time to time they text me a survey and I give their service basically a 1, and when they ask about the phone a 5. They eventually called me asking why my answers are weird, I told them my problem only to be told T-Mobile has no future expansion plans outside metro areas and pretty much tough luck.

Too bad T-Mobile doesn't offer femtocells. It sounds like they did at one time but no longer do:

Verizon offers a Network Extender... like putting a little cell-tower in your home.

AT&T offers something similar.

Have you guys looked into Wilson Electronics' signal boosters? Properly configured, they can amplify a weak signal, ensuring your device has a bar or two even if the device thinks there's no signal at all!


Does anyone not freakin know about this option?
I'm running the official Rogers 10.2 update on my T-Mobile Q10.

I'm running from the Sachesi upgrade method on my T-Mobile Q10. Love the new OS options but I lost WiFi Calling. It would be nice if T-Mobile would release officially.

1- #1 and the most important...google services like Google now, Google translate, Google Chrome, finally and the most important thing is Google YouTube native app for BlackBerry 10

2- Facebook....omg Facebook is stupid and laggggggyyyyyy it is an app from blackberry not from Facebook it self ...so we need official Facebook app from Facebook like on ios and Android.

3- Netflix

4- subway surfers

5-GTA SAN ANDRES ##########

6- Utorrent app#########.... I really miss my Android device (galaxy) due to this reason....i cannot believe until now 2014 and still blackberry10 is the only operating system wich not have Utorrent...even windows phone 8 have it....i can't download any movies because I haven't Utorrent and my brother have it on wp8 and he can download any thing he want...

+ for me instegram isn't that important to me because soon we will have igrann wich in my opinion is better than instegram

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Try ttorrent. works really well. i use utorrent on my laptop but when its not working for whatever reason, ttorrent works great.

Actually, I'm sorry, now that I think about it it was an apk file I installed. If you are running the latest leak and can install apk files, definitely recommend.

BlackBerry does not approve any torrent app submissions.

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Aah yes! Google+!

Won't be a fan of Chrome on my BlackBerry, though. Love the native browser just fine.

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What apps are missing in BB World? My App,If anyone wants to know about it and make a ton of money ,and actually produce it ,it's a sure thing!! There are so many opportunities to create something that would shape the next winners ,Big money!!!

Have Instagram installed on my Z10-3 and don't see what all the fuss is about! Look at it now and then and wonder why anyone would want it.

Fitness Tracker in BBWorld, is not Strava but does track your ride and uploads it to the Strava website.

Check out my AZ MTB Channel C0006F5EB

I use Sports Tracker on BB World. Awesome, and HRM is supported (though I haven't tried it with Q10 yet)

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I have .1055 and TV is having a problem installing with error "installation failed due to internal transaction error ". Any suggestions? Thx.

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Wow 29 people! I'll do my +8 and make it 37 people. Looks like we all enjoy SoundHound! Hehe. Ok I'll stop being silly.

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Soundhound is not as good for electronic music though as shazam.

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That's funny Trance I just tried SoundHound this evening,happy hour,a guy pulled out his ishit and was trying to do something ,I asked him what are you doing and he told me ,I pulled out myZ10 and tried to download shazam,not available,okay,lets see if there is something from BB World that can do the job,Soundhound !! and it's free

I had to port over shazam before because it's not. Sound hound has cooler features but kisses a lot of new songs.

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Me too since the last update. Before that it got everything. I don't know if I'm asking for more esoteric music lately, but I'm bummed that it's not catching them.

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No, never said that.

He said that 10.2.1 will begin rolling out on Jan. 28th. This means that some carriers might make it available OTA on that date. Nothing certain, other then you being able to go in the forums and getting the leaked OS.

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I am still waiting for cisco anyconnect it was announced the same day they annouced WebEx but alas no anyconnect and as such I cannot vpn ... and where I work did not upgrade to BES 10 really frustrating for a business phone

And not all apk will run smoothly or run!
Like I downloaded 8pool game apk it's didn't run

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the only problem with apk. files is that you need to install it all again when you update your OS version (leak). Backup doesn´t work.

Whoo! Ireland! Totes amazeballs!

Anywho I did the same, was kinda excited to have all these apps then I realised that they do nothing for me, for me BBM and What's app are a much better snapchat than snapchat!

I've opened instagram a couple times but nothing too interesting going on in there there, loving BBM channels though (BlackBerry photography etc...)

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Any app that comes my way. that I really need or want. Though the list is limited due to security concerns.

A working version of LINE would be nice. Sideload version doesn't work properly, can't send with the enter button I have to press the send on the screen.

Uber, Uber and Uber! My biggest pain point because the Android version crashes when side-loaded. Also Strava would be nice, but requires Google Play services to run.

But really, UBER!

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Also use m.uber . . . it works, sorta, kinda, not really . . . is nothing like a real Uber app. Extremely embarrassing catching an Uber, and trying to defend your BlackBerry, when you can't even see which direction your car is arriving from (or even accurate ETA's) in heavy traffic. I know the developer working on the new Uber html5 app, which looks/responds just like the native iOS app, can't wait until it replaces m.uber!

The Android Uber app does not work in the Android player on 10.2.1. You can sign up and log in but then you try to use the app, it cannot bring up Google Maps. It's using some feature of Google Maps that the Android player does not support.

But here's an indication of how important Uber is. My son recently visited San Francisco; he needed a cab. Turns out that Uber is so heavily used, he had difficulty finding a regular cab. Uber has taken over a significant portion of the traditional taxi cab market there.

I asked the guys at Uber about this. They don't have plans for BB10 app however if you use m.uber.com it works very well.

+1 on skygo, now the only app I can't use with leaked os and the reason I still have to use my iPod touch.

The UK banks - Barclays, NatWest, Lloyds. But I don't think they're all coming. I'm running the leaked 10.2.1925 and the Barclays App that I downloaded from Snap will not run - it displays a message that it won't run on a rooted phone....

Barclays maybe yes. But I have survived several months without it, so I clearly don't *need it*. It would be nice to have though.

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I find the Barclays mobile app hard to live without but luckily still have my trusty 8520 that I use solely for my banking needs.

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This! I would love a StateFarm app. As it stands, if I get a paper check, I have to get my mom to use her iPhone to deposit it for me.

Posted via my sexy-ass Z10 running ON A BOAT!!!

I sideloaded Chase, Citibank, Discoery without problem. Can deposit using Chase. I don't have BOA account though.

The Chase Bank app that I side loaded a couple of months ago now needs an update and I'm too lazy to do the bar conversion, and the original app doesn't work at all on my Z10. Frustrating.

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Bank of America banking for sure!
Voice dictation into BBM,
A true GPS track on map app

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I didn't buy my q10 for apps. I'm happy with what's available. And android apks run awkwardly personally.

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I have to agree, I've side loaded a few apk's onto my Z10 but removed them after the novelty had worn off. I've found I don't need anything more than what's available in BB world.

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I use Enterprise IM and that works for basic chats, but I'd like to see calendar integration for Lync meetings to be able to use video/voice, screen sharing, and file sharing. Basically, everything Lync can do on my desktop.

I actually use PlayOn for my media needs. Works out nicely if you buy the permanent desktop version.


Why don't people sideload Android Netflix? It works for me (most times... I think I've had one movie that didn't play for some reason.)

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It's not the question of why don't we, it's the question of why should we have to? Why should BlackBerry have to say to their customers "hey, you can have these apps but you have to go through this complicated process rather than just downloading it from the app store like every other mobile platform."

Big time is right! I have had a BlackBerry since the first pager model and I stand behind my Q10 but the necessary business applications are few and banking ones almost nil. BlackBerry need to address this issue

I'm fine with the downloading APK's directly.... and those who say shazam..
Really? I think sound hound is much better.

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Anything that will connect to my gear. Gear manager.

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That hasn't even come tot he more popular windows phone. They will not (sadly) ever come to bb.

It was the reason I didn't buy a z10.

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I really miss Blackberry Traffic and Kindle.
I miss a lot the charging contacts too. I know it is no an app, but I cry every time I remember how easy was to put my BlackBerry Style 9670 in the charging pod, specially at night.

God Bless You!

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AMEN to BB Traffic! Route options, future travel times/future departure times, arrival time/delay updates to POCs vis email or BBM, SO MUCH MISSING IN BB MAPS!

Oh, and AMEN on the charging contacts!

Yes, BlackBerry Traffic was good, would like to see that come back.

Beyond that, better Facebook app and Netflix would be welcome.

I also have to agree with the changing options like the Bold 9780 / 9900, really miss those.

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It would be cool if BlackBerry OS10 would have a way to run legacy BlackBerry OS apps similar to how we are running Android apps. There's quite a few good older BlackBerry apps that have not been ported for BB10 yet.

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In the US, Banking apps, Chase, BofA, Quicken Mobile. I know they havre mobile Web but only the Apps have check deposit.

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My Bank, UW credit union, has a web app that runs from any phone and allows check deposits via the Web app. Go figure. All these companies making is specific apps are wasting their money.

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+1 The Mobile website for my credit union is superior to most banking apps.

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Concur. - tho the. Apk works
Crunchyroll - Apk works
Australian football - Apk works, no videos tho
Bank apps.
Ps4/psn app - Apk fails when opening

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Voxer! Won't matter much if BBM gets a nice PTT system going on and I'm super excited for Glympse. There are Vine apps and Snapchat apps but ehhhh... Google maps, but I only use it for POI searches. BB Maps is way better for nav :D

Just call Google before hand to tell them what you are going to be doing...then can pass it along to their big eared friends.

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amazon, opera, and the other common store apps. the crackle app is very impressive on BB. even better than android and apple.

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Words With Friends
Google Maps
Some of the Canadian Network apps (CTV, Global, CBC) - these guys ought to be ashamed of themselves as NBC, ABC and CBS have apps.

IGrann's may be coming out this week in BBW. Waze is owned by Google. And CTV, CBC all have apps in BBW.

I carry two phones. Work and personal. Samsung S4 for work, and my Z30 for personal. I use Make but it is just not the same as the Starbucks app where you can see your balance, able to recharge your card and such. I try really hard to keep my personal information and such off my work phone but given I use the starbucks app 3 times a day it leaked onto my work phone... fingers crossed on next android runtime.

Apps that I would like to see in BlackBerry World
Amazon mp3
Facebook(one we have is BlackBerry Facebook, not real fb)
Cisco any connect
Sirius xm
Kokoa talk
Google suites ( maps, search, drive, u tube)
Banking apps
Subway surfer
Airline apps
Amazon shopping
Dublin dinuts
Yahoo mail
Temple runs

Thas just my personal list.....