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BlackBerry rumored to get Google Play and thousands more Android apps, but it seems very unlikely

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday November 11, 2013.

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Google Play for BlackBerry 10
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A batch of photos purporting to show Google Play running on a BlackBerry Z30 sparked rumors of BlackBerry 10 devices getting access to hundreds of thousands more Android apps, but should BlackBerry fans get excited yet? No.

Late last weekend, several images showing Google Play running on a very dirty Z30 appeared. The images showed Google?s mobile storefront offering up apps, games, movies, books, and magazines, but not its music. It appeared that BlackBerry 10 devices would graduate from being able to access many Android apps through porting; they would instead be able to download directly from the source.

The photos have since been proven fake but the well-connected BlackBerry blog N4BB maintains that its sources say Google and BlackBerry are having "ongoing negotiations." Odds are that nothing will come of these negotiations that would lead to BB10 gaining Google Play. While it would line up with Google's goal of having its services available wherever, whenever with minimal effort, it would not fit with the company's actions. Google Play can only be placed on device that meet compatibility requirements and agree to preload Google's mobile apps - Gmail, Chrome, Maps, etc. - on the device. It's highly unlikely that BlackBerry would be willing to suddenly have BB10 invaded by those many Google apps, so don't expect to see Google Play pop up on your Z10 any time soon.

source: N4BB

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