BlackBerry 10 Devices to Gain Access to Amazon’s Appstore This Fall
June 18, 2014 10:11 AM
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."
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.
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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