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BlackBerry: Run Your Android Apps Here! Print E-mail
Written by pcmag.com   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

BARCELONA—BlackBerry isn't bashful about its Android app compatibility anymore.


The ability to run Android apps was one of the worst-kept secrets of the BlackBerry 10 platform. For most of BlackBerry 10's first year, you had to go through a complicated series of steps to "wrap" an Android app to run on BlackBerrys.  The 10.2.1 upgrade in late January let BlackBerry's phones run Android apps directly, but BlackBerry kept the ability out of the release notes and initially didn't want to talk about it publicly. Those days are over. "You can now go to an Android store as of 10.2.1 and pull down [application files] directly," said Chris Smith, Blackberry's vice president for its application platform. "In terms of an open ecosystem and an app and content story, we've had some challenges with that. We did a great job of bringing content for launch, but the reality is that there's a long tail out there and certain key apps we haven't been able to bring across, and that's held us back in certain markets," he said.  

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