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BlackBerry's lackluster app selection gets a boost

BlackBerry is definitely down, but it’s not out… yet. The company is clinging on to nearly nonexistent smartphone market share (below one percent) and IDC projects that the company will have zero percent market share by 2018.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen is slightly more optimistic, stating last month, “We have a lot of problems, but it’s not dead.”
Today we see that BlackBerry still has a bit of life left as it has signed up with Amazon to provide Appstore access to its BlackBerry 10 (BB10) smartphones. Appstore access to apps and games will be provided to BB10 devices later this year with the BlackBerry 10.3 system update. BlackBerry will also shutdown the music and video sections of its own  store in favor of Amazon’s offerings.

"Making the Amazon Appstore available on BlackBerry 10 devices will help BlackBerry continue to meet two essential needs: greater app availability for our smartphone users and enhanced productivity solutions for enterprises," said Chen. "We've listened to our customers and have taken this important step to deliver on their needs, while executing on our strategy."
Amazon’s Appstore provides access to over 240,000 apps and games, and would provide a huge boost to the current, sad state of BB10’s app library.

Source: BlackBerry

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I must be missing a key peice of info..,.
By NellyFromMA on 6/18/2014 10:54:13 AM , Rating: 2
I must surely be missing something, perhaps unexplained?

Should I assume this means all apps in the Amazon store will be compatible with BB10? Or that Amazon is just providing a store environment for BB10 apps? Or....? Seems the real interesting info is avoided by the article altogether?

Amazon's OS is an Android spin-off, and I didn't realize BB10 and Amazon/Android have enough in common to develop common apps, so that must mean Amazon is just providing a marketplace for BB10 specific apps?

Who knows...? I can only speculate?

RE: I must be missing a key peice of info..,.
By Brandon Hill on 6/18/2014 11:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
BB10 devices can already run Android apps, this is pretty common knowledge. This deal just allows BB10 devices to access and run the same apps/games that are available to any Android device that can access the Amazon Appstore.

By Omega215D on 6/18/2014 12:01:06 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently it isn't considering how many people ding Blackberry on supposed app count.

The only problem I have with Blackberry is how slow they are to change course when needed. The Z30 is a nice device but it took a while for it to be released and by that time other manufacturers made several improvements that caused one to not give the Z30 a second look.

RE: I must be missing a key peice of info..,.
By anactoraaron on 6/18/2014 12:12:50 PM , Rating: 2
So basically if someone doesn't want the most current version of an app from google play they can get the 6 month old version on amazon.

By Makaveli on 6/18/2014 2:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
Actually the best way to install Andriod apps on BB10 is with Snap.

Is pulls it library of software from google play store.

Looks identical to Blackberry World and once you have installed your andriod app just click on the update button to check for new versions of your installed apps.

By tayb on 6/18/2014 2:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
I am aware of that fact but I would definitely not say that it is common knowledge. I would bet most people visiting this site are not aware of this.

By NellyFromMA on 6/19/2014 10:30:15 AM , Rating: 2
It's not common knowledge, I'm afraid. I think of myself as pretty knowledgeable and my lack of hands-on time or in-depth knowledge about BB10 capabilities is the reason why I don't know and I venture to guess there are a LOT of people in the same realm who so happen to be quite knowledgeable in the area.

Thanks for the info, but don't dismiss my lack of understanding as my lack of common knowledge. Odd remark to deal a reader.

By rocketbuddha on 6/19/2014 12:06:28 AM , Rating: 3
I have a Blackberry Z10 unlocked model STL100-3 running the latest OS

As you know 10.2.x can run Android Apps that have compatibility with 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and below. So if you have an Android app that has compatibility only KitKat and above, it will not work.

There is a Third Party market called 1Mobile Market(1MM). You basically can download 1MM app in Black berry world and install as a native BB10 app.

1MM is like a "Playstore". It contains a search functionality where you can search for Android apps. It also has a Update Manager which alerts us of any updates to the Android APKs installed and updates them like a charm.

For example Chase and BOA have Android APKs but no native app for BB10.
a) So once you search, if the APK is available in the 1Mm, click the Download button and the 1MM Download Manager downloads the APK locally.
b) Then it open the Installation environment where in you can install the APK. But at this stage, there is a Pop-up screen from BB10 that warns you that you are installing from a III party app store not supported by BlackBerry and should understand the risks yada, yada.
c) Click Accept and the APK is installed in your BB10 and a Icon is created on the home screen.
d) Click the icon and it opens a Android environment and executes the "app". The app will behave as it does in a Android OS device

I have used this successfully across 2 bank apps,,classdojo (to monitor my kids school reports). Vonage Extensions let me extend my home connection to my cell phone and I can even call internationally thru that app.
Even low level utilities like CPU-Z function to a reasonable degree (though the information is less compared to the Android version).

There is only 1 application that can Unexpectedly stop working often (@least once a day) is Yahoo Android app. But I saw the same behavior even in my Android ICS based Amaze 4G. WTF is Marissa Mayer doing with Yahoo? Their products have gone way down in quality....

Now with respect to Amazon App store, I would think that it would be an official app store and hence b) would be replaced with something less risky.

By bug77 on 6/18/2014 10:33:41 AM , Rating: 2
As in... both of them?

RE: Devices?
By Brandon Hill on 6/18/2014 10:36:28 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Devices?
By bug77 on 6/18/2014 10:46:41 AM , Rating: 5
I wasn't talking about models in existence, I was talking about actual sales.

RE: Devices?
By Flunk on 6/18/2014 11:24:33 AM , Rating: 2
Right, with < 1 million devices in the wild they might as well just give up. They had momentum going into the transition and bungled it so badly that no one will touch their products now. All of my companies customers who were on Blackberry have switched to either Android or iOS now and that shows the worst type of lack of confidence.

RE: Devices?
By Nortel on 6/18/2014 12:03:47 PM , Rating: 1
I think everyone is completely forgetting out of the Z10, Z30 and Q10, how many of these are 'locked down'. Businesses hand these out to staff in a gelded form, restricting access to all app-stores and updates. They are also counting unsold units in these figures.

How many Z10, Z30 and Q10 devices are actually being used by folks able to install apps and music?

RE: Devices?
By Makaveli on 6/18/2014 2:32:59 PM , Rating: 3
In our environment we have 100+ BB10 devices currently in service. With blackberry balance only the workside of the phone is locked down users are free to install whatever they want on the personal side.

Maybe not too little, but way too late
By DukeN on 6/18/2014 3:30:06 PM , Rating: 2
This needed to be done 2-3 years ago at the latest. If Amazon store could be integrated then the Play Store should have been an option as well.

Ego kills.

RE: Maybe not too little, but way too late
By atechfan on 6/19/2014 7:14:49 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt Google would have allowed Play Store integration even if BlackBerry had asked.

By DukeN on 6/19/2014 3:26:21 PM , Rating: 2
Why not? They'd be getting free revenue.

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