How to install Google play store and other related applications on bb10

It has always seemed impossible to download and install fully functional version of the original Google play store on Blackberry 10 Devices.

 Well it is time to start installing fully functional applications from Google play store using the original version.











As a blogger, I have always wanted to blog on the go with my Blackberry Q10. But the blogger application on Amazon which is the only store I was using then was sold for $1. Not costly for the features I’ve asked for but I will still love to get the one I have been familiar with.

All Google ID needed applications including the Blogger application for android would not be installed on the blackberry 10, so I decided to go deep in research and here I am to share in full the result of my research, and make it easier for you all.
 
Disclaimer: This is modified/patched software. It is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind. Applied modifications: Rewrite of downloader code, rewrite of app installation/uninstallation code. Patch to prevent GMS core updates. Patch to prevent self update and a lot of Blackberry specific fixes. The purchasing part is UNTOUCHED.

 
Please read the full post, including the FAQ, before installing anything.

 
WHY SHOULD I USE PLAY STORE?

Browsing/Downloading
* Browse and download your favorite apps, games, movies, music or books
* Automatic download and installation of game data (obb files), no manual copying required
* Downloaded apk files (free and purchased) are saved in device/downloads folder

Purchasing
* Buy apps, books, music or movies directly from your Blackberry device
* Support for your preferred payment method: Credit card, prepaid card or PayPal
* Support for in-app purchasing: Buy gems, upgrades or unlocks for your app
* Support for paid subscriptions (monthly/yearly/other)
* Get refund for paid apps (if supported by developer)

Misc
* Blackberry Hub notifications for app updates
* Rate and comment downloaded apps
* Multi language support (all languages that are supported by Google)
* View, edit and clear the app downloading history
* Add apps to your wish list and download them later

...and all the other great features Google Play store offers

Watch the great video review by Erica Griffin of Play Store running on a Blackberry Passport:



FULL STEPS ON HOW TO INSTALL THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE

Download the 3 files listed below to your Blackberry device by clicking on the download links. Then install and run the files in the described order.

 
Step 1: Add a Google system account to your device

Install com.google.android.gsf.login. Run the app and login with your Google credentials. The app will close (minimize) if the step completed successfully (may take a few seconds). You should now be able to see your Google account in Blackberry Settings -> Accounts -> Third Party Accounts. Read the tips in the FAQ if you encounter any error.


Step 2: Register your device with Google Play

Install cobalt.blackberry.googleID. Run the app and register your device with Google Play. Close the app after successfully registration.


Step 3: Install Google Play Store

Install com.android.vending. Run and enjoy the Play Store!

All 3 apps MUST remain installed on your device otherwise Google Play store will not work.




ALL DOWNLOAD LINKS NEEDED

Download Google Account Manager 4.3.3 [Released on October 10, 2015]
http://homepage.bluewin.ch/simonsmit...3.3-cobalt.apk

Download Blackberry Google ID 2.5 [Released on October 13, 2015]
http://homepage.bluewin.ch/simonsmit...ogleid-2.5.apk

Download Google Play Store 5.12.9 build 1 [Released on November 9, 2015]
http://homepage.bluewin.ch/simonsmit...alt-build1.apk


 



HERE ARE SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)



Does this work on any device?

Play Store works on any Blackberry device running OS 10.3 or better. OS 10.2.x is not supported.

I can't login with Google Account Manager
Assuming that you have entered the correct password, you now have the following options:

1) Turn OFF 2-Step Verification for your Google account here: https://myaccount.google.com/security#signin.
OR
2) create an app specific password and use that password to login.

Play Store is displaying "Error while retrieving information from server [DF-XXYYZZ]"
To fix this problem, go through all of the following steps:

1) Close Play Store
2) Go to Blackberry Settings -> App Manager -> Device Monitor -> Storage -> Play Store and hit "Clear Data"
3) Run Blackberry Google ID and unregister the device
4) In Blackberry Google ID tap on your email address -> select your account -> remove the account in top right menu.
5) Back on main screen of Blackberry Google ID hit checkin and follow the instructions

Play Store doesn't display previously installed or purchased apps in "My Apps" section
Close Play Store, then go to Blackberry Settings -> App Manager -> Device Monitor -> Storage -> Play Store and hit "Clear Data". In general, app data must always be cleared if you update the Blackberry Google ID app or if you do a re-checkin. This is required to update the locally cached ID with the new ID on the Server.

Play Store is randomly popping up and wants to install updates for my apps
if this happens, you have turned on automatic app updates in Play Store settings. To turn them off, go to
Play Store settings -> Automatic app updates and disable updates. You will still receive notifications in the hub if updates are available, but they won't automatically download.

I downloaded an app from Play Store and now it's asking for Google Play Services
Google Play services is a Framework that is provided by Google to help developers to speed up and simplify app development. Some apps that you download from Play Store may require Google Play services (mostly apps from Google, apps that display some kind of geographic map and apps that require Google+ login). These apps can be patched and will work to a certain extent. Read this post for more details:
Cobalt's official Google Apps landing page

Are you logging my account data or stealing my money?
I believe that I have quite a reputation here on AndroidCare.Net and I don't want to lose it, so NO data is logged or transferred anywhere else than to the Google servers. Your data and your money are secure.

Is this all for free?
Yes, it is! But please consider that I've spent hundreds of hours doing the reverse engineering of all this stuff, patching it, rewriting code and testing it. So if you really appreciate my work, I would be happy if you donate a few bucks. But it's up to you.





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