Blackberry has released a firmware update for their current generation line of touchscreen smartphones. The Z10 and Z30 now has the ability to load and install APK Files, which makes life easier, compared to the old methodology. Today, Good e-Reader will show you exactly what you need to do on your phone to install apps.
If you wanted to load in your own apps on the Blackberry Z10 or Z30 until today, there was some extensive work to be done. You first had to find an Android file you wanted and then use the APK to BAR Convertor to bring it over to a Blackberry compatible format. Next, you needed DDPB or the Google Chrome plugin to install and test the app on your device. Most apps did not work and the entire process was an exercise in patience.
The new method to install Android apps does not involve development mode or plugging your phone into the computer. From now on, you can simply use your phones internet browser to find and load in apps. In the video below, we walk you through the entire process.
I recommend the first app you should install is the Good e-Reader Android App Store. We currently have over 100,000 apps and you can install everything in one button click. There is no registration or any kind of barriers to prevent you from discovering content and installing it.
The very fact that Blackberry has added the ability to load in APK files is a game changer. It suddenly makes their phones relevant and you can easily play Simpsons Tapped Out, Flappy Birds and thousands of other games that never made it into Blackberry World.
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.