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Nearly 20% of Blackberry apps are really Android apps

By Mike O - March 27, 2013 1

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When you’re pimping a platform that virtually none of the big name developers are ready to commit to because the audience just isn’t there, and your audience won’t commit to your device because of the lack of big name apps, well then you have to seek creative measures.

And in this instance it turns out that nearly 1 in 5 apps on the new Blackberry platform are actually Andorid apps running in an emulator. According to BlackBerry’s vice president for global alliances and business development this equates to nearly 20,000 of the 100,000 apps currently offered on the platform.

While the average user might not even know the app they are running on the Blackberry is really en emulated Android app (though I’m sure to the rest of us there are easily recognisable give-aways), it’s better than the alternative, which is crossing your fingers and hoping that Instagram and others have a change of heart.

To be fair that number does seem quite low, as we’d have expected that a higher percentage of developers would have erred on the side of caution before committing to the new untested Blackberry market. So you could look at this as a positive indicator for the company struggling to be number three in the smartphone game.

But until the big name devs commit to Blackberry and attract more users, Android apps running in emulators will still be in high numbers. Time will tell.

Mike O

Michael is the founder of Android Analyse, a veteran web designer/developer & Android enthusiast. He loves designing and building mobile web interfaces and messing around with code for fun. How geek is that? For his daily drivers Mike O uses a Samsung Galaxy S3 and a Google Nexus 7.

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  1. I’d be keen to see how they run on the BlackBerry. If they run well, and I’m sure many apps require very little power so they should, it’s actually a very smart move from BlackBerry to encourage this, as it allows existing users to stay on the brand but get access to what their peers have in their android.

    There would presumably be a jarring UI difference for BBX users, however, as the apps would be designed for Android back buttons and potentially Holo and would feel out of place on BBX. Presumably not every app would work in the emulator either, as some must surely make various hardware calls etc that wouldn’t be available?

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