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LocalBar Developer Creates OTA BlackBerry 10 BAR App Conversion & Install Service


Online BAR Manager speaks to the lengths that BlackBerry has forced their users to go by not supporting OTA downloads on BlackBerry 10. I have already written at length about the issue but sadly this is the road BlackBerry has decided to go. The developer of LocalBar has long been struggling against this limitation since the BlackBerry PlayBook first rolled out and has had some success with semi-OTA downloads. Now they have gone out and created a whole service that packages together a client, a VPN service, online BAR and APK storage (8GB), automatic downloading of APK’s from Google Play, and debug token creation all into one $2.99/month service. They even have a free service that gives you 256MB of storage, offers APK conversion, but does not have the VPN for OTA downloads. The main catch is that you have to enable the VPN connection and turn on development mode every time you want to do an OTA install.

I am not sure how big the appeal will be for a service like this that costs $2.99 a month but it just goes to show how annoying this BlackBerry 10 limitation is. Check out the innovation service at

Kudos to DJReyes @CrackBerry for spotting the service.

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  1. As much as I think this is a great idea for the market it attracts, I don’t think of BB’s approach to Android apps as a limitation, and I am sure they don’t either… in my mind Android apps on BB10 is like an add on bonus, not a must have capability, but that’s me. Ports I use the most are Google Maps for offline nav, IM+ pro, and Kindle. And even though some of those have gone native I haven’t switched because they still work…

    • Oh I don’t want ota downloads for android apps. I want it for all the app ideas that BlackBerry does not allow in BlackBerry world or take months to approve. Why do they need to play god for my app decisions

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