Skype for BlackBerry 10 Will Be the Android Version


We just shared with you some thoughts on the trend of new smartphone platforms offering compatibility with Android apps as one of their key features. BlackBerry 10 is just such a platform, and besides simply offering an Android runtime, BlackBerry has been courting developers to formally repackage their existing Android apps for use on BB10. That may be a nice way for an independent Android dev to get his or her app a little more exposure, but is this the kind of thing we should expect to see from larger companies, presumably with the resources to be developing native apps? That’s something were mulling over at the moment, upon getting word that the BlackBerry 10 release of Skype will simply be an Android version.

The news is spelled out clear as day on the Skype website, where its support page offers, in response to questions about BlackBerry 10 availability, “we are working closely with BlackBerry to ensure the Skype for Android app runs great in the BlackBerry 10 environment.”

Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and if Skype really pays this release the attention it’s due, we could get a perfectly fine, functional app. The problem is, BlackBerry users may be left wondering if the app they get is really as good an app as might really be possible on their platform, of if they’re simply getting something that’s “good enough.”

Is this sort of thing going to become par for the course with BB10 apps?

Source: Skype
Via: CrackBerry

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!