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Download .APKs from Google Play With This Work-Around

Download .APKs from Google Play With This Work-Around

BlackBerry may have squashed fake images purporting Google Play support in BlackBerry 10. But as they did that publically, OS version 10.2.1.1055 leaked for semi-public consumption. Early reports confirm that BlackBerry 10.2.1 allows you to directly load android .apks through the BlackBerry Browser, or through Amazon and 1MobileMarket stores.

This makes getting applications a helluva lot easier for users who may be missing a few applications. This How-T0 will show you another method to download .APKS without having to second guess the source. Because you’re actually grabbing the .APK from Google Play through a web downloader. If you’ve ever downloaded APKs via the APK-Downloader Chrome Extension this web program is from the same people.

Don’t know about all, but seeing 3rd party Android app stores on my beautiful BB10 device feels all- kinds of wrong. This approach is more holistic but also a bit more tedious, if you just wanna grab a few apps this is an easy method, and there’s no need to install an .apk that installs .apks. In simple terms if you know what you want–this is a direct way to go get it (assuming you’re on official 10.2.1+ or leaked onto 10.2.1.1055+). The only app you need to download direct from Google Play is the Browser.

Essentially in your BlackBerry web browser you will need to navigate to two location:

1) Grab the URL of the Application in Google Play

  • Easiest way to do this is to Google the application you want and hit the link for the PlayStore. Copy the link from your browser.

2) Head over to APK-Downloader and paste the URL 

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  • Click ‘Generate Download Link’

Once your link is generated you can click to begin downloading the .APK to  your device!

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Once it’s saved you can begin the install right from the ‘Downloads’ page within the browser. Once you launch you’ll hit and install page like this:

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At this point the app is installing and within no time at all you’ll be able to fire up the application

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Enjoy! And a big thanks out to @KevCollazo for testing this on his Q10 and supplies the images used within.

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