BlackBerry 10 Will Support Android 4.1 Apps Sometime In The Future


The jury may be out on the initial success of BlackBerry’s new 10 platform for at least another few months, but a new piece of news this morning might entice at least a few Android fans. A major feature in the current BlackBerry 10 platform is the ability to support and run Android apps. Unfortunately, as it stands today the very best Android apps BB10 can run stop at Gingerbread, a software version that is two years old.

Well, good news as BlackBerry hopes that will change very soon as they announced this morning at a developer conference the software will eventually support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean apps. When exactly this will happen remains vague, but it’s great news for Android apps and developers who want to offer a better experience with ported Android apps.

Will this be enough to entice Android users to stray onto the BlackBerry 10 side of things? Perhaps, but we’ll first have to see just how smooth the transition is to Android 4.1 apps. Of course by the time BlackBerry enables Jelly Bean support, Google may be well into the land of Android 5.0 and Key Lime Pie. Still, it’s better than the Gingerbread apps BlackBerry fans are stuck with today.


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  • JB

    Well that definately has me intrigued. Now I’m taking an even harder look at BB now… Though I’m sure I’ll always have a trusty android by my side… I wonder why BB just didn’t decide to make their own fork in the Android ecosystem, since BB’s are going to run Android apps?

  • thepanttherlady

    Berry, berry interesting. =D

    • JB

      I see what you did there ;-)

  • So with this, they steal android users. 700k applications and growing, blackberry needs this boost. I am so looking forward to the BB Z10

    • Snoopyalien24

      If this is true about the Android apps porting over, this will certainly make things VERY interesting. This is a very smart move by Blackberry, due to the fact that if they want to survive in the current mobile world, they have to have the, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality, and stop being heroes by trying to bring a dead company back from scratch.

      • kamy

        I think this approach will work only if BB can show/demo to the audience soon enough (i.e. within couple months) that their product can work “smoothly” with JB apps; otherwise, it will just become another tragedy like the Playbook. And based on their history of accommodating android apps on the Playbook, I do not have much confidence in them… IMHO.

  • JustSaying

    ugh all these phones need to come out sooner!! Can’t wait till the end of March!!
    By the way has anyone seen any more refarmed locations yet??

  • rob

    Forget WP8! I’m replacing my 8X for a Z/Q10 to be my secondary phone.

  • mgrexx

    WOW!!! H..O..W E..M..B..A..R..R..A..S…S..I..N..G!!!!

    Hey BB, “how low can you go”.

    • Herb

      What’s embarrassing about using popular open source software to boost user experience? This is a great move for BlackBerry and it’s good for consumers, too.

    • I’mnotgivingmynametoamachine!

      Can you write that in a more embarrassing way?! What a douchebag… Besides, this is probably the smartest idea BB has had in years!

  • So will most carrier-branded Android phones. Hey-O!


  • nerdlust

    If the bb10 runs flash in browser, that would get my attention. Otherwise note2,nexus or xphone.

    • bulls2213

      It does. Quite well, too.


    Gingerbread still holds about 45% of the Android market… so it will be a while before Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean 4.x start taking a major control of the market.

    So, 5.x will just be small niche of the market when BB10 makes 4.1 available on its OS.

  • MatthewMurawski

    Maybe devs can come up with an actual android ROM running on the Z10. Now that’d be neat.

  • brandon hurley

    It seems blackberry has come a long way with their phones *sniff*
    And I very proud of them god speed blackberry god speed