Yes, the BlackBerry Passport phone can run Android apps

Android app support on BlackBerry 10 phones has been around for some time, but the Passport will be taking things to a new level. So far, the Canadian company has been offering devices with mediocre specs compared to the competition, but its upcoming phablet has high performance hardware which means that it’ll be able to run a wide catalog of applications designed for Google’s mobile OS.

And BlackBerry has taken to its official blog to showcase just that. The company mentions that various popular Android applications will be preloaded with a wide catalog available for download. This has been made possible owing to the agreement the OEM made with Amazon to preload its Appstore with the BB 10.3 update.

BlackBerry Passport UI

This basically means that all BlackBerry devices with the forthcoming OS will have access to the plethora of Apps Amazon has on offer. They’ll also be treated to monthly freebies and a free application each day like the other devices with the Appstore preloaded.

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If compatibility bothers you, the BlackBerry Passport has the same specs as a mid-2013 flagship and it’ll be able to run even demanding games as well as popular ones such as Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds, Cut the Rope 2 and Minecraft PE. All-in-all, you should expect the same performance you’d get with native apps.

Here’s a quick peek at the BlackBerry Passport handset’s key specs:

– 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440p touchscreen
– BB 10.3 platform
– 3GB RAM
– 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor
– 32GB flash memory, 64GB expandable
– 3450mAh battery
– 13MP OIS rear camera, 2MP front snapper

With great hardware and support for Android apps, the BlackBerry Passport makes a very attractive smartphone. And you’ll also be treated to the company’s own virtual assistant as well as many other features. The phone goes official on September 24.