This morning, Blackberry made a very, very interesting announcement. Amazon is going to be licensing their App Store to Blackberry 10. With Blackberry 10.3 launching this fall, we are expecting to see the launch of the Amazon App Store on Blackberry and that would leave Blackberry to focus on their enterprise software, which is what they are known so well for. Up until this point, Blackberry users had to hope and wish that Android app developers would port their app over to Blackberry, but now they don't need to hope anymore. As the Amazon App Store recently announced that they have over 240,000 apps available in their store, which is three times what they had a year ago. This will also help close up that app gap for those still on Blackberry, which there can't be too many of them left. Obviously this is bigger news for Blackberry than Amazon, although Amazon will still be profiting from this deal as they have their App Store on a few more devices and will be making some cash of off them, hopefully.
For those interested, the full press release is down below.
Waterloo, ON - 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.
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