The BlackBerry 10.2 update will see support for versions of apps for the Android 4.2.2 iteration of Google’s mobile platform, a more recent edition than many Android handsets currently run.
A beta release of a piece of developers’ software with the catchy title of Blackberry Runtime for Android Apps and Plug-in for Android Development Tools has been made available to people working on apps for the platform. What this means is that apps made for the latest version of Android will run on a BlackBerry 10 handset if sideloaded into the device.
The platform currently has support for some Android apps, but only those developed for the Gingerbread iteration, meaning that only older versions of some leading apps are available.
While this update will vastly increase the number of apps that can run on a BlackBerry 10 device, it will be interesting to see if the Canadian firm develops a user friendly way of installing them on its handsets. While sideloading is certainly possible, the technical nature of the process, which involves copying files directly into the device’s OS and installing them from there, may be daunting to some BlackBerry users.