This OS 10.2.1 leak is just full of changes. Some of you may know that BlackBerry has long been blacklisting certain Android application files that are required for certain Android apps to run. The most frustrating are the Google Play Store app and the Google Play Services. MoneyToo over at CrackBerry forums found that the Android runtime from the latest OS 10.2.1.1055 leak no longer blacklists the Google Play Store (billing service identified by com.android.vending.billing.MarketBillingService.B IND was blacklisted).
MoneyToo found that here is now a whitelist of Google Play Store allowing the “com.android.vending” extension signed with Google release keys. This whitelisting potentially allows the app the required privileges for “ALLOWED_IN_APP_BILLING & ALLOWED_SYSTEM_PRIV.” In other words these permissions give the Google Play Store app system privileges to install and update apps on the device among other things. This all hinges on the Google Play Services working too but I have been hearing that there are ways around that for now.
What I find most interesting is that my buddy Kevin over at CrackBerry reached out to BlackBerry about these rumors of Google Play coming to BlackBerry 10 and this is what they had to say:
"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."
They would probably say that even if they were officially planning support but it is a weird coincidence. BlackBerry denying Google Play coming the same day we start seeing BIG signs pointing to it working to accommodate Google Play and Android apps on BlackBerry 10.