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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 rocketbuddha on 6/19/2014 12:06:28 AM , Rating: 3
I have a Blackberry Z10 unlocked model STL100-3 running the latest OS 10.2.1.2156

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, speedtest.net,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.


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