One personal gripe I've had with the Android runtime on BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry PlayBook is the fact that it's stull running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. While I understand why this was done, I was wondering if BlackBerry would ever be updating the runtime environment to support newer versions of Android.
As it turns out and as was announced at BlackBerry Jam Europe, BlackBerry will be updating the Android runtime eventually to support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That's good news for developers looking to port Android apps and end users who will be using them as it will provide a much better overall experience when using the ported Android apps.
BlackBerry now has two Android-powered phones on the market and that raises the question of how many BlackBerry 10 users have made to jump to either a Priv or a DTEK50. So, let's put some numbers behind that question. If you switched to a Priv or a DTEK50 from a BlackBerry 10 phone, let us know in our poll.
Following up on comments made by BlackBerry's Senior Vice President for Global Device Sales, Alex Thurber, BlackBerry's Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard reiterated in a new interview with CrackBerry that the assertions that BlackBerry has abandoned BlackBerry 10 and the keyboard are simply not true.
If you live in or are visiting New York and want to try out a brand new BlackBerry smartphone, you now have the chance to do so at one BlackBerry's own shops. Seemingly out nowhere, BlackBerry has now opened up a new pop-up store in New York.