The Blackberry Q5 is the latest smartphone to be released that has the Blackberry 10 operating system. One of the great things about Bb10 is that it has an Android emulator, that allows you to load in your own Android apps. It is not as cut and dry as simply sideloading in an APK file, but there is a few steps involved. Today, we show you exactly what you need to do to load in your own apps.
The first thing you need to do is turn on development mode on your Q5. This is accomplished by going to the settings menu, selecting security and then development mode. You want to turn development ON and then select a password, this password is important to remember. Turning development mode on, allows you to load in Android apps on the Blackberry Q5.
The next step is to download DDPB, which is a program that allows you to load in BAR files onto your Q5. A BAR file, is simply an Android APK file, that has been converted to a Blackberry friendly format. We have over 5,000 BAR files on our official BB10 App Store, so you can simply download any of our apps. If you want to convert your own paid or free Android apps, you can use our free APK to BAR Convertor.
When you download DDPB, you will have to plug your Q5 into your computer with the Mini USB to USB cable. Simply hit scan, and it will scan for your development mode IP. I recommend disconnecting any other Android tablets or phones from your computer, as it may screw up the scanning progress. If you see an error message when connecting or if you enter your password, and you know its correct, you may need to download JAVA 32. Once you have logged into DDPB you can simply download any BAR file and then click Install.
If you have any questions or concerns about this entire process, drop us a line and we can assist you. It sometimes takes a bit of a learning curve to understand exactly what you are doing, but after awhile, it becomes second nature. Loading in your own Android apps allows you a tremendous amount of freedom to get access to content not otherwise available in Blackberry World. This is applicable to apps like Instagram, Netflix, Mint, Kindle, Vine and many more!
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.