BlackBerry has agreed a deal that will see Android apps become a major part of the Canadian smartphone maker’s mobile ecosystem. With Google becoming less enthusiastic about third parties picking and choosing which bits of Android they include in their projects, it is of little surprise that the official Google Play Store will not find its way on to the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Instead, BlackBerry has agreed a deal to use Amazon’s alternative Android app store, which is preinstalled on some of the e-commerce giant’s Kindle products.
As a result of the arrangement, those with devices running BlackBerry 10 will have access to around 240,000 Android apps. Amazon Appstore includes a number of popular titles, such as Netflix, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft.
The deal offers benefits to both companies. BlackBerry will get access to a substantial library of apps, whilst Amazon will further expand the reach of its digital market place.
[via Reuters UK]