Android Developers Will Love BB10
Last Wednesday, BlackBerry made the transition from being a company that was developing a new smartphone platform to a company that actually has a smartphone platform out in the market. The game has now changed.
We know that BlackBerry 10 launched with a BlackBerry World catalogue that was 70,000 apps strong. That catalogue has some problems — most notably that apps are of a certain relatively low quality and utility, and that virtually all of the hero apps that contribute significantly to the dominant platforms (iOS and Android) are missing.
There’s also a perception that the catalogue is very “Android heavy”. BlackBerry 10, like PlayBook before it, has an “Android Player”. This is a runtime that allows Android apps to run on BlackBerry 10 as if they’re a normal application. In fact, as of the time of writing only 17 percent of the catalogue are repackaged Android apps. At the current run rate where they’re adding about a thousand apps per day, that suggests about 13,000-odd of the apps in the catalogue are actually Android apps.