The BlackBerry Z10, now made by what used to be RIM and now is, well, Blackberry, launched with only around 70,000 apps. While it may seem a lot for a first generation mobile operating system, it doesn’t stand up to Android’s 700,000+ available in the Play Store as of right now.
However, the Z10 came with one feature that looked promising on paper: it would run Android apps out of the box. Android developers could submit apps to Blackberry World, and the Z10 would use an Android 2.3 (yes, you read that right) emulator to run the apps.
As is obvious, the emulator they are using is based on an OS that is 3 dot generations behind the cutting edge Jelly Bean. As you can imagine, performance of Android apps on BB 10 is poor say some and nigh unusable say the others. However, Blackberry has now said that BB 10 will eventually support the Android 4.1 runtime and apps. That means the overall experience should be much improved, although not much is known at this time.
When this change will occur is anyone’s guess. Personally, I’d wager it will be after the release of Android 5.0, but of course that’s just me.
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As always, Blackberry telling us they will in a future support “this” ot “that”, when that time finally arrives it will still be behind everyone else. BB10 is probably the same OS used on the Playbook (and it did support a few converted adroid apps). I bet you cannot still use Skype, Line, etc. I guess they just want to go back to their business world and forget about the rest of the world, which is just fine, I’ll stick to Adroid for the rest of the year. Ok bye.