BlackBerry Adds Amazon Appstore To New OS

Chris CrumIT Management

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BlackBerry announced that the Amazon Appstore will be available with the launch of the next version of its operating system BlackBerry 10.3. This will come in the fall, and will be a significant increase in availability for Amazon's offering.

"With more than 240,000 Android applications in the Amazon Appstore worldwide, BlackBerry 10 device customers will gain access to popular apps such as Groupon, Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft," BlackBerry says.

“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 BlackBerry CEO John Chen. “We’ve listened to our customers and have taken this important step to deliver on their needs, while executing on our strategy.”

The use of these Android apps certainly brings another layer of intrigue to the BlackBerry platform, even if it has to add Amazon's platform as a competitor simultaneously.

Amazon, as you may know, is expected to unveil a smartphone today to go along with its Kindle Fire line of devices, which make use of the Appstore.

Amazon has been talking up the store ahead of its launch event, claiming that it has over 240,000 apps and games, available in 200 countries.

This seems like a win for Android as well, as its presence will be felt across yet another line of devices.

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