A handful of screenshots posted in the CrackBerry forums suggest the Google Play store could be available for the latest BlackBerry OS build, 10.2.1. The photos were posted without much comment, so it’s very difficult to know how authentic they are; the user that shared them, AVPTI, simply said the images were found online—that’s it. There’s plenty of discussion going on in the forums, with many skeptical as to whether they’re real or not—opinions seem to be mixed. Many users have shared some tricks demonstrating how the images could’ve been faked, so we’re remaining skeptical for now.
If the Google Play store does make its way to BlackBerry devices in a future update, there’s certainly potential for the Waterloo company’s user base to grow. Better yet, existing BlackBerry owners will no longer have to side-load Android apps, giving users a much larger ecosystem in which to download apps from. Assuming the photos are genuine, the addition of Google Play to BlackBerry devices could be huge, and definitely heighten BlackBerry’s image. With a potential sale now off the table, BlackBerry will certainly need all the good news it can get.