Blackberry’s recently failed sales process has revealed that amongst many other bidders Google also expressed interest in purchasing all or part of the Canadian company.
Of course I strongly suspect due to anti-trust concerns Google would not be allowed to snap up the troubled company, but it seems Google has found another way to exert its influence on the smartphone market.
Recent leaks of the latest version of the Blackberry OS, version 10.2.1, includes a new version of the Blackberry Runtime for Android which removes much of the restrictions which have stopped Android apps from running reliably on Blackberry 10 handsets, mainly those surrounding the Google Service Framework. There are also rumours that the OS will ship with the Google Play Store, allowing Blackberry 10 phones to run all million Android apps.
Access to Google Play is tightly controlled by Google, and they only include it with handsets that comply with the OHA license restrictions, and that usually means including the whole suite of Google Apps, including the Gmail app for example.
If Blackberry does ship with Google Play it can only mean Google has made a special concession for Blackberry, and the only reason to do this would be to keep the 4th smartphone player alive, and thereby impeding the progress of Windows Phone, especially in business.
Google Play’s presence on Blackberry 10 is not confirmed yet, but if it does show up, and Blackberry gains the support of Google, do our readers think there is a good chance the OS will undermine Windows Phone’s momentum? Let us know below.