Support for Android Jelly Bean applications on BlackBerry 10.2 is available in the latest beta SDK (Software Development Kit), according to a post on the company’s developer blog.
You might remember that the BlackBerry 10 OS lets developers port Android apps, but that only Android 2.3 apps could be emulated initially. The company has expressed its hope to port Android Jelly Bean apps one day and that day is here.
The blog post says that the newest beta release of the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and Plug-in for Android Development Tools for BlackBerry 10.2 (that’s one long name) includes the first beta release of Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, while keeping the Gingerbread features which have been previously made available.
The strategy to allow Android apps to be ported to BlackBerry 10 has proven quite successful, since 20% of the apps in the store were emulated Android apps at one point, according to a company executive. If that number accounted for around 20,000 apps at the end of March, the new SDK will surely only help increase it. BlackBerry users should be happier, as apps with a better-looking interface and more functionality are heading their way.
With the SDK still a beta, there may be issues, but they should be ironed out soon, with BlackBerry saying that it’s working towards the gold release, which should be coming “later in the summer.”