Native or Snapped?


Tumbleweeds1I’m curious, does it really matter?

I have been running Android apps on my BlackBerry ever since we have had the ability. To be honest, with most I have found little or no difference to a native application. Furthermore, were we not given this ability for a reason? A BlackBerry 10 device was designed with versatility in mind so that we, the user, can be the most productive. It does not make a lot of sense then to proclaim “if it’s not native, I’m not using it! ” Hah! That would be lopping off your nose to spite your face!


The latest scandal would probably be Foursquare (I don’t use it myself, but many do). They have decided that they would better serve their customer base by splitting into two apps; one mainly to find places and things…the other to find where your friends are; good for them, they are thinking about the end user. This has people crossing their arms and declaring “if we don’t get native I’m not using it!”. Sucks to be you… you’re going to miss out on a lot. Don’t forget, these developers know BlackBerry 10 runs Android apps as well as any Android device, so why should they waste time they could be using to develop more great apps for us?

And those developers that will only work on one platform, they are only limiting themselves. Don’t let their judgements and bias narrow your opportunities.




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  • Interesting nnik. I have always liked the B4BB logo when looking for an app, but maybe it’s not as important as I thought. I have been on the other end of the spectrum from you, believing that I get on great with the apps I find in BBWorld and am not sure what all the hubub is about regarding “lack of apps,” at least since BB10.2. Having said that, I am not afraid to check out Android apps if I have a reason. BBRY always gives us CHOICE, which is pretty cool!

    • nnik

      Exactly my point, why limit yourself to Perrier when Evian is available

  • Brad

    I’m of course very partial to native apps, but I understand there are some apps people just want. And if the developers haven’t made them natively, of course go android. Funny thing is, I haven’t noticed any performance issues with any android apps I’ve used on BB10. As a matter of fact, they tend to run better than on my previous Samsung tabs. They aren’t as nice as native apps of course, I don’t like the android UI, but easily as good as on the android devices.

  • Chopachain

    I’m all for native. But I honestly can’t understand why BB won’t allow or put the andriod apps in BBW. I think we could have a decent collection of say the top 100 andriod apps in BBW. And as they go native just remove the andriod ones.

  • newcollector

    Nice article, nnik. I am not a big app person. I don’t care who makes it if it works like it should and does what it is supposed to do. My BlackBerry runs them, then I’m it fits my need I will use them. And what is nice, I don’t have to worry about android malware getting my info. The incredibly secure way BlackBerry designed the whole runtime is genius in that regard.