Don't Talk About Politics, Religion and…Mobile Platforms

Don't Talk About Politics, Religion and…Mobile Platforms

Feb. 26, 2015 Update... BlackBerry 10.3 now ships with the Amazon App Store. Certify Mobile is available through that app store, and updates to the app are managed as well. Enjoy!

It turns out the wise old saying that guides social etiquette should be amended to include mobile ecosystems and handsets. How many times have you been at a summer barbeque and heard someone extol the benefits of his beloved smartphone? Another guest who still uses a feature phone asks him, "Should I buy an Android or a Samsung?" The mobile enthusiast gets a wrinkled forehead and starts recounting the history of smartphones, starting from 2003. Then you notice yet another guest who is dressed quite differently from the first guy, reaching for his phone and gearing up to challenge him. If you are wise, you will excuse yourself by announcing, "I'll go check on the grill."

So it is with a bit of trepidation that I announce the following: Certify Mobile for Android is now available for BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. And with that statement I would have undoubtedly stolen the hearts of all the ladies at the barbecue, right? Probably not, but I would have grown a few inches taller in the eyes of the mobile platform warriors.

Now I will explain my somewhat strange announcement...BlackBerry 10 is a completely different operating system from BlackBerry 7 and earlier versions – it is based on the QNX operating system that BlackBerry (then Research in Motion) acquired in 2010. Apps that were developed for BlackBerry 7 do not run on BlackBerry 10. But BlackBerry did something something very curious and strategic when they released BB 10, which is that they included the Android 2.2 runtime. Wait, what? Did you say BB 10 includes Android version 2.2? Yikes, that's ancient! Yep, sure is. And because of that, BB 10 did not get much pickup from Android developers. But as of BlackBerry OS version 10.2.1 (which was released in January), it now includes Android 4.2.2. That's a world of difference! Many developers are finding that their Android apps work flawlessly on BlackBerry 10.2.1, which is a free update for all BlackBerry 10 devices. We found the same thing with Certify Mobile. If you are running BlackBerry 10.2.1, you can now install and run the Certify Mobile Android .apk by visiting our Get Certify Mobile page and having the URL sent to your phone. Please excuse the side-load – we will ship a proper .bar file through App World soon.

I won't use this new capability of BlackBerry 10.2.1 to speculate about a resurgence for the BlackBerry platform. That could easily spill over into politics and religion, so I'll save it for my next barbecue.

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Alan Neveu

Certify, CTO