Up-coming Blackberry 10.2 update to run Android 4.2.2 apps

blackandroidSmartphone maker Blackberry may have had some skin knocked off in its battle with rivals Android and Apple, but it is still a popular device within many corporate applications.

One of the more impressive features of Blackberry 10 was its ability to run Android apps via a runtime plugin. It might have only been able to run Android 2.3 apps, which was disappointing, but it was still a  clever feat to get that far.

Now a report via TweakTown says that the next update, Blackberry 10.2, will upgrade its Android app support to the very latest 4.2.2 apps.

According to the Blackberry developers blog, its a first beta  release of the runtime engine for Android apps plus the development tools for Blackberry 10.2.

You can start testing apps now in the Blackberry 10.2 Beta SDK operating system (download here) but support for Jelly Bean in the Blackberry 10.2 device simulator won’t be available for another couple of months.

There have also been updates to the Blackberry runtime tools to support Eclipse 4.2, ADT (Android developement tools) v22 and target support for Android SDK levels 10 through 17.

You can get started now via the Blackberry Android tools microsite.

There is no definitive timetable on when the final version of Blackberry 10.2 will be released. However, it is likely to be some time after the device simulator appears ‘later in the northern summer’.


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