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BlackBerry Details BlackBerry 10.3 Android Runtime Improvements

Android Runtime

BlackBerry has done a nice job of detailing out the new features of the much improved runtime in BlackBerry 10.3. This update brings Android Jelly Bean 4.3 compatibility from the previous 4.2.2. It also allows Account support to use the accounts in your BlackBerry where it used to expect Android accounts. They don’t make any mention on the huge improvement in speed of launching and even running apps…

Here is the main update list:

  • Android Jelly Bean 4.3: The Android Runtime has been upgraded from Jelly Bean 4.2.2 to 4.3.
  • Accounts Support: Android applications that use authentication for user login can now be set up and managed from within the BlackBerry 10 accounts settings.
  • Bluetooth LE: Applications that use Bluetooth Low Energy from Android API level 18 are now supported.
  • NFC: Android applications that integrate with NFC are supported. NFC support includes reading and writing tags, as well as sharing data between NFC enabled devices.
  • Share Framework v2: The previous release of the runtime enabled Android applications that register with the share framework in Android to appear as share targets on the BlackBerry 10 share menu. In this release, Android applications can now share to BlackBerry 10 share menu targets.

Check out the details here in the announcement

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  1. Makes me wonder what it would take to make it compatible with 4.4…
    Also, what is the difference between 4.3 and 4.4 if anybody knows???
    As a side note, I think they mentioned something about maps api v2 in the near futures but I guess this isn’t it.

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