BlackBerry to tempt users with Android apps from Amazon Appstore

Mobile & tablets

by Ben Sullivan| 18 June 2014

Over 200,000 Android apps to be available on BlackBerry 10.3.

BlackBerry will be bringing over 200,000 Android apps to its BlackBerry 10.3 operating system, the phone maker announced today.

The apps will be imported from the Amazon Appstore, and BlackBerry users will finally be able to use apps such as Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush and Minecraft.

On a blog post, BlackBerry said: We've heard your appeals for access to more applications for your BlackBerry 10 device and we are delivering. We have announced a licensing agreement for the Amazon Appstore to bring more than 200,000 Android apps to you this fall when the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system launches."

The Canadian company said it will still continue to offer BlackBerry World, BlackBerry's own app store.

"That's two stores - with more apps - and greater choices," said BlackBerry.

In addition to the apps, BlackBerry 10.3 users will be able to access video and music services through some third party services available on the Amazon Appstore.

"While BlackBerry World will continue to offer music and video services via third party applications - again giving you more choices for your valued content -- we will be closing the music and video sections of our store on July 21st," said the firm.

"We're excited to be working with Amazon to deliver the apps and content that you've been looking for. It's an exciting new day for BlackBerry 10 device owners. We look forward to hearing from you about what apps you are looking forward to downloading."

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