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Easily Sideload the SNAP Google Play Store on BlackBerry 10 Using This Script!


SNAP is an awesome native client for the Google Play Android app store on BlackBerry 10. It makes it really easy to get official Android apps on BlackBerry 10 but it has one problem. Knowing how anal BlackBerry is they can never allow it in BlackBerry World so users have to sideload it. This can be a daunting task for the uninitiated and thankfully Cobalt232 has stepped in to fill the gap. He created an easy to use script that finds the latest version of SNAP, downloads it, and sideloads it over USB to your BlackBerry 10 phone.


There are a few caveats to mention. You have to have Java installed and it is Windows only for now. Other than that you just need a USB cable and to enable developer mode in Settings->Security->Development Mode.


Check out Cobalt232’s work in this CrackBerry forums thread and let me know what you think. You can download the script directly here. I can confirm that it works and is virus free. Thanks for doing this Cobalt232!

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  1. The creativity of BlackBerry users amazes me more than BlackBerry’s own work sometimes.

    • They are indeed a remarkable crowd. One of the reasons I like BlackBerry so much.

    • You can almost always depend on a BB user to find a way! Just like Brian, that’s a major reason why I stick with BB. I know that for just about any problem I’m likely to encounter with my device, somebody has or will find a solution!

  2. He’s using wget as the basis for his script. The script can very easily be converted to a UNIX script, so it shouldn’t be too long before a Mac version is available. Just need to rewrite it in Bash or Korn shell.

  3. Creative indeed but honestly, I don’t see this being any easier than using the BB10 App Manager Chrome Add-On which works over Wi-Fi, no USB required. But maybe it’s just me, being more on the technical side.
    I recently started realizing I don’t even need to download the BAR locally. When I hit the Install Apps button I just put the URL of the BAR in place of the File Name and the rest is history. (This is a universal Windows tip, btw. It works for any file dialog. Put a link in instead and it will grab the file.)

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