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BlackBerry makes BlackBerry Q10 compatible with Android ports

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday March 25, 2013.

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A large portion of the 100,00 apps in BlackBerry World are apps that were ported to BlackBerry 10 from Android. BlackBerry's next BB10 device, the BlackBerry Q10, is set to release soon, so the company has increased its compatibility with Android apps. The BlackBerry Developers Blog details that Android developers can now target their apps for the Q10 when converting their apps to BB10. Developers can also make add support to apps that have already been ported to work on the Z10 or Playbook.

BlackBerry cautions that it's "always best to build your app specific to the device you are targeting to ensure it looks presentable to end-users." Apps can scale down to the smaller 3.1-inch screen on the Q10, but the 720x720 resolution may create some issues that making scaling less than ideal. Adjusting some files in the res/drawable-small-square project folder can improve the display on the smaller screen. Considering that the BlackBerry Q10 may be more appealing to some keyboard-loyalists who do not wish to buy the BlackBerry Z10, developers will probably want to ensure that their apps perform appropriately at the 1 to 1 aspect ratio.

source: BlackBerry

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