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Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

Hi All,

 

Please help me understand, if i can install android apps on playbook.

 

i know, if we have OS 10.2, we can user slideload android apps on blackberry devices.

 

Since, OS 10 is not available on playbook, what is the procedure to install android apps??

 

Thanks

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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

There is no procedure. Android apps require OS 10.2.1 to run. No 10.2.1, no Android apps.

 

 

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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

Thats true.. So no point in buying playbook now avaiable at 90$ rt.

Since playbook has a solid hardware and good camera..thought of giving a try. But without having os 10 and android, i dont feel its a good choice going for playbook even at 90$.
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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

What the PlayBook does (surfing the internet, playing games, email, etc.), it does well. If running Android apps is not a top priority, the PlayBook could still fill the bill on many levels.

 

 

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My Device: BlackBerry PRIV; BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.2.2639; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917
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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

The Playbook can run a fair number of Android apps that are converted to bar files.

Good eReader has done a lot of this for you and there is a pretty good number of apps already converted.

http://apps.goodereader.com/playbook/playbook-android-apps/?did=348

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Registered: ‎07-14-2012
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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

OK, technically you can load Android apps from Good Ereader but of the 10 or so that I tried none actually worked.

 

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Registered: ‎08-13-2012
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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

I believe they have to be Android apps that support Android 2.1.

Depends what you want.  I have several on mine that work fine.

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My Device: Playbook Wi-Fi 16 gb
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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

Wow, lots of misinfo!

 

It is possible technically, and the PB Android emulator is 2.3.3 (Gingerbread), actually. But it's hit or miss in terms of what actually works. You have to be a trial and error type of person.

 

Have a look at this thread:

 

http://forums.crackberry.com/playbook-android-app-sideloading-f258/

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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

Fair enough. Either way, 2.1 or 2.3 it's ancient now, but there are a few apps that work fairly well: kindle, Flipbook (a little touchy but works), News 360 and a few games run fine. You can't expect more from a 4 year tablet at this point.

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Re: Can we install android apps on blackberry Playbook os 2

Agreed with it being spotty and 2.x being ancient in terms of Android.

 

And sorry, my "misinfo" comment wasn't directed towards you, but rather at earlier posters who said it's not possible at all to install Android apps on PB. Smiley Happy

 

Other ones I use:

Songza (an early version that still works)

Tubemate

Ghost Commander (file manager available in BB World)

 

I used to use other ones like D7 Reader (feedly client), Osmand maps, etc.

 

For anyone who tries it out, I'd suggest to look through the above thread, visit Goodereader and look around, and if you want to try to convert your own, search for old APKs from an archive.