When BlackBerry announced the upcoming release of their new operating system, they promised that there would be more apps available in the BlackBerry World. There are more apps now in the app ecosystem of BlackBerry than ever before. BlackBerry users can enjoy newly-released apps and old-fashioned ones too. But, there is one app that is still missing from BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry 10 may have released more than 100,000 apps, but photography enthusiasts were saddened when they learned that the much-loved photo app, Instagram, was not one of the added apps on BlackBerry. Although there is no official version of Instagram for new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, BerryThai was able to obtain and release a repackaged version of Instagram that you can use on a BlackBerry Z10.
But before you go running off to snap and share weird photos, you must first know that this is not really the Instagram app for the new BlackBerry 10. It is just a repackaged version of a slightly older Instagram app for Android. Because of this, you have to side-load the app on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Don’t worry; it is not difficult to do. However, you have to have at least a small proficiency with a command line. CrackBerry.com has some great guides for side-loading from a Windows or an OS X desktop computer.
Of course, as you may have guessed by now, the experience you would get from this repackaged app for BlackBerry 10 is not really perfect. Taking pictures and sharing them work just fine (of course, the Z10’s camera does not really take the best shots), but when you scroll down the photo feed, it is very slow. Moreover, new users cannot create an account within the app. For now, Instagrammers who are using BlackBerry Z10 will still probably be looking forward to using this repackaged app. Besides, maybe BlackBerry is still waiting for the Instagram app to reach them, right?
Sadly, rumor has it that the Instagram Team is not look to create a native version of the Instagram app for the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
So, I guess this repackaged version will do for now. Curiously enough, we do not know how in the world BerryThai was able to get a hold of the repackaged Instagram. The site’s host shut the file down after people noticed what BerryThai had. Reports say that Instagram has been working on an Android port of the app for BlackBerry 10 for some time now, so there is a huge possibility that the .bar file of Instagram for Android that BerryThai has came from an internal source. There is also a possibility that an avid fan did the conversion on his/her own, even with the difficulty they would encounter upon doing so.
So there you go! If you have been waiting for the Instagram app to come to BlackBerry 10, then you can have it (kind of) on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Although it is the Android version and needs side-loading, it still works. If you are an avid Instagrammer, you would not care about the bugs and sell your Blackberry; as long as it lets you take and post photos, right?
Keirsten Rhymes finished her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Skagit Valley College, where she is also taking her MA in Contemporary Journalism. She works for CashforBerrys.com as a content writer. Aside from Gadgets and Technology, her other points of interests are traveling, nature and the outdoors.