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At an event in Europe back in February, BlackBerry had announced to update the Android runtime to support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Now BlackBerry has finally released its much-anticipated beta release of the BlackBerry runtime for Android apps and plug-in for Android development tools for BlackBerry 10.2.
In fact, BlackBerry was stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the longest time which was released back in December 2010. But Canadian QWERTY King makers have now cracked the barriers to Android apps. Thanks to the BlackBerry Developers....!!!!
Perhaps, all that the BlackBerry owners need to know, for now, is that the new Beta version adds the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean runtime in the device and users can download the latest release directly from BlackBerry Developer. All updates can be performed via the autoloader tool.
To simplify, the latest BlackBerry 10.2 Beta release will, now, enable the device to run almost all the Android apps which are available on Play Store. So far, the runtime has only been released for BlackBerry 10 devices like BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 phones.
But one must be aware that this is just an SDK OS beta that is a trimmed down version of the BlackBerry 10.2 Operating System and is meant to provide a testing environment for you to try out the new SDK and experiment with the added capabilities that have been released.
However, BlackBerry has promised that all the features that were available on Gingerbread will continue to exist on the latest version of runtime, along with additional Jelly Bean specific features which include fragments, embedded fragments, animation framework, and hardware acceleration.
The 10.2 SDK will also bring in Adobe AIR 3.5, which features Stage3D for accelerated OpenGL graphics. Moreover, reports suggested that lot more functionality are yet to arrive in the BlackBerry 10.2 Gold SDK release as well.