BlackBerry? WhoBerry? Ah yeah, the Artist Formerly Known as RIM (TAFKAR), which once ruled the smartphone roost alongside Nokia. Are they still going? It would seem so.
Anyway! Yes, the ailing Canadian manufacturer has announced that it’ll bring the Amazon App Store to BlackBerry 10 users in autumn, specifically when it rolls out the BlackBerry 10.3 update.
That’s the word over on INSIDE BlackBerry: The official BlackBerry Blogs, with the headline: "You want apps! We've got apps!" Yeah, keep your collective chin up, guys! Woo!
“We’ve heard your appeals for access to more applications for your BlackBerry 10 device and we are delivering,” write the Canadians.
“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.”
Meanwhile, John Chen tells Fox Business News: “We have about 130,000 apps on BlackBerry World. Amazon have about 240,000 and they're getting into the phone world. We want to focus on enterprise, highly secure applications. Our partnership through Amazon will provide the consumer side."
It’s unlikely that the move will see a massive upsurge in BlackBerry 10 consumer sales, but good news for those who’ve already bravely grabbed a Z10 or similar. You poor guys.