Last week, we saw some leaked images of a Blackberry Z10 running the Google Play Store on the new Blackberry OS 10.2.1, which led to speculation that the Google Play store may hit Blackberry devices allowing users to install Android apps the easy way. There’s a workaround as well that allows Blackberry users to side-load Android apps, but it doesn’t include Google approved apps.
Anyway, the moment of happiness was quite short as the folks at Blackberry shot down all the rumors surrounding the availability of Google Play Store on Blackberry. The company doesn’t have any plans to bring the Google Play Store to its devices, and it will continue to work on the Blackberry AppWorld.
Here’s the official statement from the Canadian OEM about the rumors.
There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support.
As for the images of Blackberry Z10 running the Google Play Store which showed up all over the internet, there’s no solid proof that they were legit, and now Blackberry denied all these rumors, it’s time to put them to rest and move on.