BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners can now use Microsoft's OneDrive

Microsoft announced its rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive two weeks ago, and launched newly updated apps for the service for iOS, Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Xbox One. This week, BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners get a way to use OneDrive via its own dedicated app.

The BlackBerry Store now has an app, titled Connect to Microsoft OneDrive, that lets users access their account. The app's description says that it will automatically back up any pictures and videos on the device to OneDrive, along with working with and sharing files with others.

Based on the app listing, Connect to Microsoft OneDrive appears to be published by BlackBerry and not by Microsoft. We have contacted Microsoft to see if this is indeed an officially supported OneDrive app. Update: Microsoft has indeed confirmed with us that the BlackBerry 10 app is indeed an official OneDrive app for the OS.

In related news, Microsoft has now fixed an issue with OneDrive that kept some people from getting an extra 3GB of free storage if they used the camera roll feature to back up pictures from their smartphone. Microsoft-News.com reports that the company sent out emails to those that were affected by the error and apologized for it. Those people should now be able to access their 3GB of free space on OneDrive.

Source: BlackBerry Store | Image via CrackBerry

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I have a BB (Q10) and love it. Does everything I need better than any other phone type I have experienced.

It does not do everything I *want* however, which is the result of a developer shortfall I think - not enough apps. I think that is literally my only criticism of it, and since I consider that secondary to excelling as a phone/communication device I am most definitely happy to stick with it.

Just my two cents.

rancid-lemon said,
I have a BB (Q10) and love it. Does everything I need better than any other phone type I have experienced.

It does not do everything I *want* however, which is the result of a developer shortfall I think - not enough apps. I think that is literally my only criticism of it, and since I consider that secondary to excelling as a phone/communication device I am most definitely happy to stick with it.

Just my two cents.

Considering you can install Android apps on BlackBerry 10, I also assume you think that Android has an app shortfall?

Move along now, the "app gap" issue was put to bed along time ago.

I had a z10 for a while currently using an s4 there are features in the s4 I do like. The multi-window, the voice navigation, hell anything voice is far and wide better than blackberry's current offering. However, the hub (my most used), the multi-tasking, swipe navigation and peek/flow just make me miss the bb10 experience.

I cannot stand IOS iteration of multi-tasking, it drives me nuts, I get annoyed all the time on my iPad mini, fortunately I don't have as much need to multi-task on an iPad as I do on my phone. There are a few other shortcomings with blackberry, but I don't think apps are one of them anymore (now that android almost flawlessly works). I just installed the Snap app (native Google play for bb10) and am able to install any Android app i've needed so far without issues.

Apps I've personally tested

1. Google Maps
2. Tinder
3. Instagram
4. Snapchat
5. Flappy Bird
6. Cut the Rope: Time Travel
7. ScoreFC
8. Fongo
9. Fitocracy
10. Footlight
11. Feedly
12. 4 pics 1 word
13. JEFIT workout
14. Live Score Addict
15. Mint
16. Lift
17. Priceline
18. Moovit
19. Mixcloud
20. Viber
21. Shazam
22. Yahoo Fantasy Sports
23. LCBO & Beer Store Finder

Anyone who just hates on a product for no reason is stupid. Use what works. I'd like to give windows phone a chance but can't be bothered atm. The one thing I would say I appreciate about iPhone, their camera and their voicemail.

er0n said,

Considering you can install Android apps on BlackBerry 10, I also assume you think that Android has an app shortfall?

Move along now, the "app gap" issue was put to bed along time ago.

Have you actually installed an android app on BB10? I have. Put simply, it is a pain in the arse. It is not a simple process. That is assuming you even have an apk or bar file to install already.

I have found that getting hold of the APK (android install files) for the app I want frankly impossible. Sure there are sites few sites that provide some of the more popular bar files (assuming these are converted apk's) ready to install using the aforementioned laborious process. But why should I trust these? I don't wan't to install apps from an unknown source, there could be anything in there. What if I don't want a mainstream app, how does that work?

In summary, I still consider this to be a problem for BB10.

If you know of better ways to install android apps, do pipe up, I'm all ears. If not don't assume others are ignorant or simply not as knowledgeable on the subject as you apparently are.

rancid-lemon said,

Have you actually installed an android app on BB10? I have. Put simply, it is a pain in the arse. It is not a simple process.

Have you? You can click on an APK and it installs no developer mode no side loading... Welcome to BB 10.2.1 You can go to Amazon and download their store. And download their apps direct. You can goto 1mobile.com and download their store and download those apps but if you want to install Google play apps you have to sideload Snap and then all google apps become available to you.

Don't go around and claim your experience from a year ago as a current fact because it simply isn't.

berserko said,

Have you? You can click on an APK and it installs no developer mode no side loading... Welcome to BB 10.2.1 You can go to Amazon and download their store. And download their apps direct. You can goto 1mobile.com and download their store and download those apps but if you want to install Google play apps you have to sideload Snap and then all google apps become available to you.

Don't go around and claim your experience from a year ago as a current fact because it simply isn't.

Well this is progress. I must admit I have learnt some thing new today! Thank you for the reply. I will definitely be looking into snap and the other markets you mentioned in the near future. You were correct in suggesting the method I used to install APK's. It was because of developer mode/side loading faff that I haven't bothered installing anymore.

Am I that far out of touch with BB10? Previously I would have considered myself relatively high on the scale of an average BB10 consumer, but I missed this announcement all together.

Anyways, thanks for the constructive message, appreciated.

Cheers,

rancid

pmbAustin said,
Microsoft needs to get on BlackBerry to port their BBM message service to Windows Phone. Stat.
Yeah so you can talk to the 5 remaining people on it

BBM was very popular with business folks for a lot of reasons, security being one of them. BBM is also available on other platforms. MS/Windows is very popular with business. It seems a no-brainer that Windows Phone should be a "business phone" as well as a consumer phone, and BBM would make it more attractive to many businesses that used to rely on BlackBerry.

Good move from BB. OneDrive is rather popular among small businesses. You can't have a business smartphone without some OneDrive integration.

Ronnet said,
Good move from BB. OneDrive is rather popular among small businesses. You can't have a business smartphone without some OneDrive integration.

You sound like a commercial... lol

Ronnet said,
Good move from BB. OneDrive is rather popular among small businesses. You can't have a business smartphone without some OneDrive integration.

I actually find Dropbox is almost used exclusively with the companies we deal with, large or small.

Yeah but OneDrive comes with Office 365. Lots of businesses will go for 365 because it can be considered a write off every yr.

suprNOVA said,
Yeah but OneDrive comes with Office 365. Lots of businesses will go for 365 because it can be considered a write off every yr.

Oh indeed i agree with you there, we're using everything in 365 at the moment except OneDrive. However we will end up using that too eventually too i'm sure.

InsaneNutter said,

I actually find Dropbox is almost used exclusively with the companies we deal with, large or small.

Perhaps its a local thing? Around here dropbox is about as popular as onedrive.

Ronnet said,
Good move from BB. OneDrive is rather popular among small businesses. You can't have a business smartphone without some OneDrive integration.

Yeah where do you get your statistics from? I work at an Internet Marketing Agency and you can say most of our employees are fairly tech savvy and know what they want to use (vs using just whatever is available to them) and Dropbox is by large the most popular choice. Hell even Google Drive is more popular than OneDrive. Most people actually don't even know about it - everyone knows about Dropbox.

nickcruz said,

You sound like a commercial... lol

Perhaps because commercials offer a value proposition, just like I did? I'm working in a B2B supply chain and a lot of our partners use OneDrive.

Obry said,

Yeah where do you get your statistics from? I work at an Internet Marketing Agency and you can say most of our employees are fairly tech savvy and know what they want to use (vs using just whatever is available to them) and Dropbox is by large the most popular choice. Hell even Google Drive is more popular than OneDrive. Most people actually don't even know about it - everyone knows about Dropbox.

Personal experience, but it may differ by region or country. Dropbox is also popular around here. But Google Drive is practically unknown.