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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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By Brandon Hill (blog) 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.

http://crackberry.com/snap-google-play-client-blac...

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.


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