Ooophs! Google Play Not Coming To BlackBerry 10
Some couple of days back, I shared a report with you related to the fact that BlackBerry 10 Devices May Soon Install Android Apps Directly From Google Play store. However, Pictures of a BlackBerry Z10 device running Google Play, popped up on Friday in CrackBerry’s forum, therefore igniting speculation that the two companies were working together to bring Android apps into the BlackBerry ecosystem alongside Google play store formerly known as Android Market.
BlackBerry, however, has officially dismissed the rumor as nothing but hot air. A Blackberry representative had said “We can confirm that there is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create apps on any of the development platforms we support.”
BlackBerry nabbing Google Play would have been a major coup, and would have plugged a major hole for the platform. One of the biggest knocks on BlackBerry 10 has been the lack of key popular apps found on Android and iOS — it’s a big reason many are reluctant to make the switch and why the operating system never took off with most consumers.
No doubt, The speculation of Google Play Store and Android apps coming to BlackBerry 10 had briefly given BlackBerry fans some hope. But alas, its just so sad that its not the case.
However, BlackBerry is attempting another turnaround, this time under interim CEO John Chen and with a greater focus on large businesses and power users.
What more can we say or do? I guess we just have to fold our hands, put our heads to the grounds and listen to what comes out from their turnaround plans.