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BlackBerry Confirms Jelly Bean Coming to BlackBerry 10’s Android Runtime Feature

by Brandon Russell | February 5, 2013February 5, 2013 12:00 pm PST


BlackBerry 10’s interesting Android runtime layer, which allows users to sideload Gingerbread-based apps, is eventually going to get updated to Jelly Bean. It’s unclear when BlackBerry will roll the upgrade out, but the news is particularly interesting (and maddening) because a device not specifically designed for Android could potentially get Jelly Bean faster than handsets stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich.

The runtime essentially allows BlackBerry 10 users to virtually run Android apps so long as developers tweak their code. Obviously BlackBerry would prefer developers would just create apps specifically for its new mobile OS, but supporting Android as backup is the next best thing.

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Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...