BlackBerry has released the 10.2 beta SDK for developers to help port more Android apps to its platform. Along with new features, the 10.2 version adds an updated Adobe Air and the much-awaited Android 4.2 Jelly Bean runtimes. Also Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phone
BlackBerry had added an Android runtime on BB10 devices and BlackBerry’s PlayBook that would run Android apps, but it was stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the longest time. With the runtime getting updated to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, users will be able to run nearly all the apps that are available on the Play Store. BlackBerry has promised that all the features that were available on Gingerbread will continue to exist on the latest version of runtime, along with Jelly Bean-specific features. In addition to the above, the 10.2 SDK also brings in Adobe AIR 3.5, which features Stage3D for accelerated OpenGL graphics. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
Remember, this is just a beta version and the final release can be expected sometime in the coming months. The update is currently available for developers using BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha B and C devices along with the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 phones and can be downloaded from BlackBerry’s developer page.