Not that it’s proved to be a major selling point or anything, but BlackBerry 10 boasts the ability to sideload Android apps, though often with, er, mixed success. Check out this informative rant on the topic from our Jan.
Going one step further, we recently heard rumours that BlackBerry 10 might introduce the Google Play app store, but the Canadians have quickly moved to quash that notion.
The rumours gathered pace late last week when a user on the CrackBerry forum posted several pictures of a manky BlackBerry Z10 supposedly running Google Play.
Cue: a small army of BlackBerry diehards (seriously, the lifeboats are thataway) pitching trouser-tents.
Alas, BlackBerry got back to CrackBerry with an official statement, confirming that there are in fact no plans to introduce Google Play to BlackBerry 10.
Here: "There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support."
Strange times for BlackBerry. The Canadians reportedly took to whoring themselves (pardon my French) across the globe in an attempt to secure a sale, but no one – not Facebook, not Lenovo, not Samsung, not Google, not Intel – bit in the end.
Instead, they’ll receive a $1 billion investment and focus on the enterprise market, which makes sense to us; we can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would buy a BlackBerry at this stage.