Netflix finally available for BlackBerry users, but not officially - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Cloudy
1.9°C

Netflix finally available for BlackBerry users, but not officially

January 29, 2014 - 1:53 PM

TORONTO - Netflix, Instagram and many other popular apps are finally available on BlackBerry's newest smartphones.

But you won't find them in the official BlackBerry World app marketplace.

BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced on Tuesday that it had released a new version of the operating system that powers its newer phones. But it neglected to highlight one feature that makes it easier for users to finally install a host of popular apps.

The new BlackBerry 10.2.1 operating system allows users to get Google Android apps onto their phones via the web browser. Previously, some hardcore BlackBerry users had installed Android apps through a process called side-loading, but it was far more complicated.

Still, it isn't completely straightforward to get access to all the Android apps available.

Probably the easiest way to start downloading Android apps is through Amazon's Appstore. BlackBerry users can download the Appstore app through the phone's web browser (link: http://amzn.to/1b5EqRd) Once that's installed, users can find links to Netflix, Minecraft, Vine and countless other apps.

But the selection won't be complete. Amazon curates the Android apps available for its Kindle Fire tablets, so popular choices like Instagram aren't available through that channel.

The BlackBerry enthusiast site Crackberry.com has a helpful how-to article (http://bit.ly/MgVfiL) outlining a few different methods to access and install most Android apps, including Instagram.

A BlackBerry spokesperson was not available for an interview.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
The Canadian Press

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments
  • RCMP make arrest for 2019 killing of homeless Kelowna teen
    An 18-year-old woman has been arrested for the 2019 killing of Elijah Beauregard. Beauregard was fatally stabbed in downtown Kelowna June 27, 2019, and on Feb. 21,  an unnamed woman was
  • Major delays on Coquihalla, Drive BC issues warning
    Conditions on the Coquihalla, near the Great Bear snowshed, have been pretty intense for motorists, prompting DriveBC to issue a warning. #BCHwy5 - A look at the situation moments ago
  • UPDATE: Highway 1 open after major accident
    After a major vehicle accident closed Highway 1 between Revelstoke and Sicamous this morning, the road has been reopened. According to Drive BC, the incident occurred around 9 a.m. at Three
  • Snowstorm to hit Coquihalla, valley bottom
    Snow is expected to fall across the Southern Interior today but the biggest weather change will be on mountain passes, which could see quite a significant accumulation of snow. A snowfall wa
  • New mountain highway proposed between Red Deer and Kamloops
    An Alberta development group is pitching the idea of a new highway linking central Alberta to B.C. cutting through the mountains and a section of Banff National Park. The Central Alberta Eco
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile