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BBSJdev
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Re: I've started but should I finish?

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Hmm,

 

In which direction are BlackBerry pushing hard...

 

http://devblog.blackberry.com/2013/11/prepare-yourself-an-android-runtime-update-is-coming/#more-166...

 

[Edit] To be honest if I was still in my old job and working for BlackBerry I'd be advising the same thing; push Android, stabalise the business, grow back the user base then start pushing for your own OS.

 


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BBSJdev
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Re: I've started but should I finish?

Looks like the analyst over at CrackBerry has the same thoughts as me...

 

http://crackberry.com/leveraging-google-finally-fix-blackberry-app-gap-will-it-happen


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BBSJdev
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Re: I've started but should I finish?


BBSJdev wrote:

 

Even if they choose not to bring it to the phone and only allow native apk installs the first articles you will see will be how to install Google Play. :smileysad:

 


And indeed it's started already...

 

http://forums.crackberry.com/bb10-leaked-beta-os-f395/berryleaks-presents-android-app-stores-p-87290...


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ekke
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Re: I've started but should I finish?

if you know me, probably you know, that I don't like Android Apps on BB10 platform and I always try to avoid installing Android Apps.

 

But there are many apps missing yet on BB10 and some of them maybe are important for users.

So over all it's a good thing to get Android Apps and from this POV it's good if you can install Android - App - Worlds on BB10 devices and to install APK's on-the-fly

 

Now the question about native BB10 Apps:

You really should continue working on these apps !

Nothing runs better and smoother then native Apps.

Nothing is better integrated.

Only native Apps provide the BB10-way-of-FLOW

 

You should always be on the winner-side if users compare your native App with Android Apps.

Yes - it's perhaps not so easy to get noticed if there are some Android Apps with same feature-set,

but it's up to you to write good BB10 Apps and to get the Built-For-BlackBerry -

this will help users to find your app.

 

For me - I have no fear - even if all app stores come on board ;-)

if Android Apps help to get more BB10-Devices out to the world: great

 

Android Apps are not running in the work-perimeter,

but in his/her spare time every Enterprise-Prosumer also is a Consumer -

and if Android Apps fill a gap and make this Enterprise user happy and avoid to buy a 2nd device:

this also will help BBRY

 

Go On and  develop native BB10 Apps !

 

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slashkyle
Posts: 820
Registered: ‎10-16-2012
My Device: Red Z10

Re: I've started but should I finish?

Alec Saunders put out some clarifications on this in a Crackberry interview

 

http://crackberry.com/talking-os-1021-and-android-apps-bb10-w-blackberrys-vp-developer-relations-and...

 

Also, a major downfall of apk apps is they don't have access to a payment system so you can't upgrade them or enable premium content(*without a big hassle)

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Re: I've started but should I finish?

Yes in an interview where he avoided giving a direct answer whether Google Play is coming or not.

 


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slashkyle
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Re: I've started but should I finish?

Even though they haven't given a conclusive response, I really can't see official Play Store support coming, BB10 is not an Android platform and I don't see google allowing that nor do I see BlackBerry giving up the revenu they generate from BlackBerry World

 

This is also why Amazon hasn't chosen to offically support the play store, because they have control of and generate revenue on apps purchased through their store.

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pyth
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Re: I've started but should I finish?

Going back to the original question:

I'd say that depends on your app. If you are just making a clone of an Android app, don't bother. Any existing Android app that does basically the very same thing as your app would have more downloads, as they are probably already starting with a larger (Android-device-) fanbase and interaction even inbetween devices (like Viber works on iOS and Android)

 

If you're making a completely new app, something that hasn't been there before, I'd go with ekke. Be as native as possible, integrate all the native features you can find, and even go as far as bash all non-native apps as slow, not-in-the-flow etc :smileywink:

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