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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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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.

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