BlackBerry could be about to bring Google’s Play Store to its BB10 platform, in a move which could potentially boost the app economy on the ailing platform. That’s if a series of spy shots showing the store working on a BlackBerry Z10 are to be believed, anyway.
The pics first surfaced on CrackBerry’s forum. They clearly show the latest version of Google Play running on the Z10, with access to movies, music, games and apps. It’s thought the store could form part of BlackBerry’s next version of its BB10 operating system.
If true, it would represent the first major gambit by new BlackBerry interim CEO John Shen, who was installed last week after the mobile-maker sensationally stopped a planned sale of the business.
Oddly, this approach could lose BlackBerry money, with users likely to favour Google Play over the native BlackBerry World emporium.
However, with one in five apps on BlackBerry devices already said to be Android titles run via an emulator, this could be a way for BlackBerry to gain traction and boost device sales.