The BlackBerry Z30 is not powered by Android

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The BlackBerry Z30 is not powered by Android


"For those of you who are not very familiar with the BlackBerry Z30 Operating System, let me give you a simple explanation. The Operating System for the Z30 is based on QNX, which has been modified as an OS for the most recent BlackBerry devices."









Although I am eagerly awaiting the BlackBerry Passport, I still want to get my hands on the Z30. At Spears Computer World, we hope to be able to one day review some of the latest smartphones. In a few months a believe we will be on our way to do so!

Today, I searched various sites to see if I could find a BlackBerry Z30 for a discounted price. My last online stop was Staples. Upon looking at the pricing, I wanted to view the description of the Z30. I was shocked to see that the description said that the operating system for the Z30 was the Android OS v4.2.2, Jelly Bean. I couldn't believe what I was reading.

For those of you who are not very familiar with the BlackBerry Z30 Operating System, let me give you a simple explanation. The Operating System for the Z30 is based on QNX, which has been modified as an OS for the most recent BlackBerry devices. So currently the Z30 is running the latest OS 10.2.1, which allows the user to install Android apps (apk files) on the BlackBerry device without sideloading.


I honestly believe that Staples made an honest mistake. They probably thought that since the BlackBerry Z30 can run Android apps that the device was powered by Android OS. The description should have simply stated "BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 and later is capable of installing and running certain Android apps." I immediately contacted Staples on twitter and tweeted the following:


A few moments later I checked my twitter notification and received the following tweet from Staples:

I thanked Staples for responding to my tweet. I just wanted to make sure that people are not mislead by this mistake. Many pundits feel that BlackBerry should create a smartphone with a modified Android OS, but BlackBerry is standing behind BlackBerry 10--as they should, in my opinion. To fill the app gap BlackBerry allows Android apps to run on the devices. A few weeks ago, BlackBerry and Amazon announced a partnership to help fill the app gap.

We will keep a look out on the Staples website to ensure that the description has been updated to reflect the correct information.
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