BlackBerry 10 users unhappy with ported Android apps

BlackBerry 10 users unhappy with ported Android apps

16 MAY 2013

Android apps that have been ported for use with BlackBerry 10 are proving unpopular with users, according to BlackBerry’s head of developer relations, Alec Saunders.

Speaking to CNET at the BlackBerry Live event in Florida, Saunders said: “From a commercial perspective, users hate them. Our partners who have ported apps get dinged for them.”

BlackBerry allowed developers to port over existing Android apps to BlackBerry 10 in order to boost the apps available for its recently-launched OS. Around 20 per cent of the BlackBerry app catalogue is now made up of these kinds of apps.

The majority of ported apps function, but are unable to access major features built into the device, which is proving unpopular with users. Saunders admitted the situation is not an ideal but added that developers are satisfied with what BlackBerry is doing.

The developer relations boss explained that the developer programme will now focus on more innovative apps that fully exploit the capabilities of the devices, rather than merely filling out the BlackBerry 10 app catalogue.

Earlier this week BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins revealed that there are now 120,000 BlackBerry 10 apps available in BlackBerry World.


Tim Ferguson

Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter... More

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