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Can BlackBerry 10 phones get Android apps?

Can BlackBerry 10 phones get Android apps?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  May. 20, 2013 at 13:06

Yes... some, but the results vary, and, imho, hardly worth the effort. The .apk file of the Android app needs to be converted to .bar (the BB10 installer file type). In theory you can convert all .apk files (there are online converters), but, e.g., of the 6 converted Opera browser apps that I tried NONE worked. Plume for Twitter works, but scrolling is extremely jittery. A couple of games I tried take ages to load and seem to work in slow motion only.
Here's a tutorial on How To sideload converted Android apps to your Blackberry 10 device using an extension for the Chrome Browser. http://crackberry.com/sideload-apps-your-blackberry-using-google-chrome
The process is straightforward, but so far ( I tried a dozen or so apps) I'm not impressed. Opening sideloaded apps takes forever, some apps don't work or crash a lot, other work okay, but things like scrolling makes you dizzy, or menus work confusingly etc etc...

It's not all that great. If an app you desperately need is not in the Blackberry World (BB's appstore) do not rely on the promise of a ported Android version!
Standout examples: Twitter, Tumblr, Gmaps... 3 fairly standard things. Not possible to enjoy on BB10 at the moment. Whoever says differently is either lying or comes from a 2007 smartphone.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 13:06

Yes... some, but the results vary, and, imho, hardly worth the effort. The .apk file of the Android app needs to be converted to .bar (the BB10 installer file type). In theory you can convert all .apk files (there are online converters), but, e.g., of the 6 converted Opera browser apps that I tried NONE worked. Plume for Twitter works, but scrolling is extremely jittery. A couple of games I tried take ages to load and seem to work in slow motion only.
Here's a tutorial on How To sideload converted Android apps to your Blackberry 10 device using an extension for the Chrome Browser. http://crackberry.com/sideload-apps-your-blackberry-using-google-chrome
The process is straightforward, but so far ( I tried a dozen or so apps) I'm not impressed. Opening sideloaded apps takes forever, some apps don't work or crash a lot, other work okay, but things like scrolling makes you dizzy, or menus work confusingly etc etc...

It's not all that great. If an app you desperately need is not in the Blackberry World (BB's appstore) do not rely on the promise of a ported Android version!
Standout examples: Twitter, Tumblr, Gmaps... 3 fairly standard things. Not possible to enjoy on BB10 at the moment. Whoever says differently is either lying or comes from a 2007 smartphone.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 13:29

Judging by a couple of comments you've made over the past few days, I get the feeling you and the Z10 aren't getting along too well?

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 13:50

Judging by a couple of comments you've made over the past few days, I get the feeling you and the Z10 aren't getting along too well?

Well... I like much of it - which is always worse than when you hate something allround - in which case you can just dismiss it.
It's stuff like embedding Twitter in the hyped hub, but than not have a decent Twitter app, and engaging with a Twitter message in the hub doesn't even open the app!

And though I am not an app-fanatic: the quality of the 20 or so BB10 apps I tried is pure and utter sh*t! Seriously. And there's my main gripe: since BB10 is new to me, I frequented Crackberry, and there's some serious delusion going on. Like: "no Gmaps... nevermind, the browser can handle Gmaps' webpage"... And when the browser isn't the solution (the browser IS excellent, though), they say: you can sideload Android apps. Yes. Totally rubbish in most cases, and the few really working apps are 2 to 4 versions behind...

We don't get better devices when places like Crackberry try to make excuses and try and silence any critics with nonsense.
The Z10 is actually enjoyable when you happen to do something that is does well - browser, email, and even the camera. But overall it feels like a prototype 1 year before any reasonable launch! There's some truly stunning nonsense: like getting to Wifi settings or Airplane mode or screen brightness... It has a pulldown notification bar with some toggles, but they are so limited in functionality it makes you laugh or cry.

Or the camera (again): it is much better than many reviewers say, but: editing software is horrific. And the gallery is utterly weird. Speaking of which: the gallery randomly saves pictures from, say, Twitter or Tumblr. And those pics appear as thumbs when you open the gallery, but when you click on a thumbnail, they don't really open. And worse: you cannot delete them. NOTE: the Z10 I use is on the very latest OS! So they had time to iron out such idiocy. Instead you get HDR! Pfft...
I may actually end up keeping it - just for the cam, the browser and to keep annoying Crackberry :p

matt101101 / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 14:18

Judging by a couple of comments you've made over the past few days, I get the feeling you and the Z10 aren't getting along too well?

Well... I like much of it - which is always worse than when you hate something allround - in which case you can just dismiss it.
It's stuff like embedding Twitter in the hyped hub, but than not have a decent Twitter app, and engaging with a Twitter message in the hub doesn't even open the app!

And though I am not an app-fanatic: the quality of the 20 or so BB10 apps I tried is pure and utter sh*t! Seriously. And there's my main gripe: since BB10 is new to me, I frequented Crackberry, and there's some serious delusion going on. Like: "no Gmaps... nevermind, the browser can handle Gmaps' webpage"... And when the browser isn't the solution (the browser IS excellent, though), they say: you can sideload Android apps. Yes. Totally rubbish in most cases, and the few really working apps are 2 to 4 versions behind...

We don't get better devices when places like Crackberry try to make excuses and try and silence any critics with nonsense.
The Z10 is actually enjoyable when you happen to do something that is does well - browser, email, and even the camera. But overall it feels like a prototype 1 year before any reasonable launch! There's some truly stunning nonsense: like getting to Wifi settings or Airplane mode or screen brightness... It has a pulldown notification bar with some toggles, but they are so limited in functionality it makes you laugh or cry.

Or the camera (again): it is much better than many reviewers say, but: editing software is horrific. And the gallery is utterly weird. Speaking of which: the gallery randomly saves pictures from, say, Twitter or Tumblr. And those pics appear as thumbs when you open the gallery, but when you click on a thumbnail, they don't really open. And worse: you cannot delete them. NOTE: the Z10 I use is on the very latest OS! So they had time to iron out such idiocy. Instead you get HDR! Pfft...
I may actually end up keeping it - just for the cam, the browser and to keep annoying Crackberry :p

Expensive toy just to poke fun at fanboys even more dedicated than Android's or iOS'.

So basically, it has potential but BB just didn't do a decent job of polishing the end product, to sum it up in one sentence?

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 14:24

Yep. It feels like a device that runs 2 OSs at the same time. One from 2006 and one from 2011 (the year when the Z10 might have been a valid competitor).
I'm not sure yet why I feel like keeping it really. Suffice to say, I won't be paying much for it ;)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 14:28

Yep. It feels like a device that runs 2 OSs at the same time. One from 2006 and one from 2011 (the year when the Z10 might have been a valid competitor).
I'm not sure yet why I feel like keeping it really. Suffice to say, I won't be paying much for it ;)

So, objectively, is BB10 better than Android or iOS?

I've only played with a Z10 in the shop, I wasn't impressed by the whole swiping to achieve anything concept.

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 14:47

So, objectively, is BB10 better than Android or iOS?
No. It's like a weird mix of the two with a dose of webOS and MeeGo.

And whoa... I haven't even mentioned Blackberry Link, yet... It makes KIES look good - if you can even begin to imagine that!!! On Mac, Link isn't too bad, but the Windows version is easily the worst piece of software I have ever used. In fact: I couldn't figure out some key functions yet - either because it is just sooooo slow, or they don't work. Not sure. And don't care to find out.

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