BlackBerry is announcing that they have struck a licensing deal with Amazon to bring the Amazon App Store to BlackBerry users with BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3, when it comes out this fall. The deal will bring more than 200,000 new Android apps to BlackBerry phone users.
This will provide access to new video and music providers through a whole number of new 3rd party applications. That does come at a price however, as BlackBerry will close the video and music sections of BlackBerry World on July 21st. You will be able to keep previously downloaded content, which is a bit of a comfort.
So, if you haven't already been using the Amazon Store as a sideloaded app, what do you think of this news and what apps are you looking forward to getting on your BlackBerry?? Please let us know in the comments below.
BlackBerry To Expand Application Ecosystem By Making Amazon Appstore Available on BlackBerry 10 SmartphonesStrategic Move Will Give BlackBerry Users Access to the Vast Selection of Android Apps in the Amazon Appstore, While Enabling BlackBerry to Focus on Enterprise Application Development
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 18, 2014) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that the Amazon Appstore will be available with the launch of the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall, greatly expanding access to thousands of the most popular apps and games to BlackBerry customers.
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.
The strategic move also enables BlackBerry to align its developer program with its renewed focus on delivering the most secure, end-to-end mobile enterprise solutions, by placing more emphasis on the development of vital enterprise and productivity applications.
"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 Executive Chairman and 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."
BlackBerry and Amazon will be working with the BlackBerry application developer community to help them migrate their apps to the Amazon Appstore in preparation for the 10.3 launch, where they will benefit from the store's powerful promotional tools that enable maximum discoverability and profitability. This will include Appstore Developer Select, which provides enhanced merchandising, as well as Amazon Coins incentives, the Developer Promotions Console, which enables real-time pricing adjustments and specials, and the popular Free App of the Day program.
BlackBerry will unveil a new enterprise application partner program for corporate developers, ISVs and systems integrators, designed to expand the number of enterprise applications that leverage BlackBerry 10 to deliver business-class functionality and enhance users' productivity, communication and collaboration.
For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10OS.
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