After the speculations and leaked images of Google Play running on BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry’s denial of any such plan, I have gotten a few emails asking if I had a workaround for getting Google Play running on BlackBerry 10 devices. While I don’t have a workaround for getting Google Play itself on a BlackBerry 10 device, here are a few workarounds on getting accessing the service from your device. You should remember that the ability to install android apks directly is only available on OS 10.2.1 and up.
- Snap: is a native app that accesses Google Play and lets you download apks directly to your device via this open API. It wouldn’t let you download paid apps, but you can find and download any free android app available on Google Play via Snap. you can also sign into your Google Play account and download your own previously purchased apps. You can download Snap here and find sideloading instructions here.
- Droid Store: is also another native BlackBerry 10 app that can access Google Play and download free apks. Like Snap, the app would only access free apps and the dev plans to allow you sign in with your Google Play account and make purchases in a future update. To give Droid Store a shot, download it from here and sideload unto your device,
If Google Play is not enough, you can also download Amazon’s store here and install it directly to your device. Interestingly, while it’s not officially supported, Amazon actually doesn’t mind and lastly, you can also download and install android 3rd party store, 1mobile and access all their apps directly from your device. You would find it here.