How to install Android apps on BlackBerry phones?

bcastle

I am thinking about a new BlackBerry Z30. I know that's not the most popular choice, but I had a couple BlackBerry devices in the past and liked them, then I switched to Android as the “app gap” became greater and BlackBerry hardware started to lag as well. With the Z30 (and Z10) BB is making decent hardware again, and apparently you can install Android apps on BB phones now. How does this work? Can BlackBerry devices install Android apps direct from Google Play?

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jimlynch
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How to install an Android app (APK) to a BlackBerry
http://crackberry.com/how-install-android-app-apk-blackberry

"BlackBerry 10.2.1 introduced the ability to install .APK files, which are the app files used in Android, directly to your phone. This throws the doors open to install a wide variety of Android apps on your BlackBerry 10 device, be it a Z10, Q10, Q5, Z30, or anything else. This used to be possible through a long, convoluted process, but it's much easier now. Basically, if you can't find an app in BlackBerry World, odds are there are other sources for your favorite app. "

wstark
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With the latest update to BlackBerry 10, 10.2.1, you can install Android apps easily on BlackBerry phones. I’m not sure if all carriers have rolled 10.2.1 out yet, but everyone should have it soon. You still won’t be able to install apps from Google Play, but the way around that is to install the Amazon App Store by going to http://www.amazon.com/getappstore and following the directions there. Just follow the steps there to get it installed. You will need to establish an Amazon account, if you don’t already have one. After that, it’s easy and you can install apps as if you have an Android device. Most of the apps should work, but you may find some that do not. Still, it greatly increases the number of apps available for BlackBerry users.

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