updated 07:58 pm EST, Sun November 10, 2013
Photographs suggest possible Android store on BlackBerry device
The Google Play store could be making an appearance in BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, if new photographs are to be believed. Recently surfaced images appear to show the store running on a BlackBerry Z10, which if true could suggest that owners of recent BlackBerry 10 devices may have more options than BlackBerry World to install their apps from in future.
While there is a considerable chance that the images from the CrackBerry forums are in fact fake, there is still a relative grain of truth that makes it plausible. Earlier this year it was revealed that one in five BlackBerry 10 apps were in fact Android apps running on an emulator, a method which is intended to help app developers offer software on the platform by reusing existing Android assets.
A move by BlackBerry to offer the Google Play store would be a relatively puzzling one. The company recently dropped all plans to sell itself after it raised $1 billion from investors and replaced its CEO, and though this could be a positive move for the company as it tries to rebuild itself, offering customers the option of apps from Google Play would in theory decrease revenues earned within BlackBerry World, something the troubled phone manufacturer may want to prevent.