It has come to our notice that some BlackBerry haters and even loyals don’t understand the concept of Android Apps on a BlackBerry, some have even given it a name ‘BlackBerry-Android’ Pffft!
A little history first.
The idea of the Blackberry 10 OS arose from the swift and easy gestures on the Blackberry Playbook (Blackberry Tablet). After it looked liked Blackberry was losing street cred they decided to introduce the new OS to their Smartphones and that was the birth of Blackberry 10.
The First device to be released with the BlackBerry 10 OS was the BlackBerry Z10, followed by the Q10 then the rest – Q5,Z30,Z3, etc.
BlackBerry users started to complain of lack of Apps so in version 10.2.1 of the BlackBerry 10 OS updates BlackBerry introduced the Android Runtime into the OS to allow BlackBerry devices run apps from Android (4.2.2) Jelly Bean upward.
In 2014, the 10.2 update provided access to downloading Android Apps, allowing an unprecedented number of previously unavailable applications to be used on BlackBerry 10.
Official integration with the Amazon Appstore was added in 10.3 update. Now the 10.3 comes shipped with an Amazon Appstore so you don’t need to download APK (Android application Package) files anymore before you install when you can get it directly from the Amazon Appstore.
Now in addition to the 260,000+ apps in the BlackBerry WorldWorld, BlackBerry users have an additional 200,000 supported Android Apps from the Amazon Appstore. So please stop calling it Android-Blackberry or BlackBerry-Android as that doesn’t make any sense at all.
Yeah, you read that right!! It’s been in almost every Blackberry blog, forums and almost every tech website, so we’ve tagged it The Next Big Thing for Blackberry 10, it’s theBlackberry OS 10.2.1. Its still in a Beta testing (not official yet) but has been installed by many Blackberry 10 users already, and we at FathomBerry have compiled a couple of of features that come with this leak.
Now there are lots of new stuff that came with this OS update tho its just a little addition in the number (from 10.2.0… to 10.2.1..), some people have even said that the official release might just be 10.3 but as of now the leaked version is at 10.2.1.1055 for all Blackberry 10 devices.
We’ve done our best to compile, break down and explain these features. We’ve also added lots of images, so go through them and just incase we missed something, your comments are always welcome.
BlackBerry 10.2.1 will support the Android 4.2.2. Jellybean runtime and with that comes increased Android compatibility improvements which include:
I don’t think there’s anyone else more excited about today’s BlackBerry 10 launch than us @ FathomBerry. Its been coming for months now and here we are. So if you’re looking to keep up-to-date on all the latest BlackBerry 10 news, then you’ll want to follow our team on twitter ( @fathomberry ) and on facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/fathomberry ). We already have people waiting to get you the latest from the event (as e dey hot). The launch is scheduled to begin by approximately 10AM ET (which is 9.00 AM nigerian time).
Basically,today is the official launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform plus the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and all these will be happening simultaneously across New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Jakarta and Delhi. And don’t forget, for 1st users, follow us on twitter and tell us your experience with the #BB10First tag.