Rumors that Google Play would be launching on BlackBerry 10 started late last week somehow. There wasn't really anything official to go by, so to avoid the confusion we avoided posting about it. It kicked up more steam when alleged pictures of Google Play running on a Z10 popped up in CB's forums. These pictures have been confirmed as fake now, but it got the conversation started about getting an influx of Android apps on BlackBerry 10 to help close the app gap.
Since the idea of having Google Play running on BlackBerry 10 would be a big freaking deal, BlackBerry has sent out an official response to the rumor, and to help kill it once, and for all.
"There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support."
Logic would lead you to believe that regardless of whether the rumor was true, or not, BlackBerry would have to shoot it down. This brings us to another possibility, a huge influx of Android apps to BlackBerry World without needing Google Play.
My buddy James, blogger at N4BB, and BerryFlow, brought up this great point from one of the most popular BlackBerry analysts out there, Peter Misek.
Misek was quoted as saying back in May, "Blackberry 10 has got the support from a private company, which will allow the whole Android catalog to be ported on BB10 devices, and the user will feel that the whole catalog is native and has not been ported. The company will provide the solution that will be a link between BB10 and Android ecosystem of more than 700,000 touch enabled apps."
If BlackBerry does indeed intent to go this route, these apps would show up in BlackBerry World, not Google Play, making the latter completely unnecessary. Developers wouldn't be divided over having two storefronts, and the app gap would be solved pretty much.
Obviously, these are rumors that have still to grow any legs. Some of our sources have confirmed that Google and BlackBerry are in discussions still over allowing this to take place. Let's hope it does soon, because right now time is of the essence!