If you’re a BlackBerry 10 user, chances are you have heard the news regarding the Amazon and BlackBerry deal. Officially, by September, 10.2.1+ and 10.3 users will officially have the Amazon App Store pre-loaded on BlackBerry 10 devices. So, which apps does the Amazon App Store have that BlackBerry World hasn’t?
- HBO Go
- Hulu Plus
- Showtime Anytime
- Amazon Music with Prime
- SiriusXM Internet Radio
- Slacker Radio
- Subway Surfers
- Candy Crush Saga
- Fifa 14
- Don’t Tap The White Tile
- Frozen: Free Fall
- Temple Run 1 and 2
- Sonic Dash
- Fruit Ninja
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
The question remains, now that the Amazon App Store is officially supported by BlackBerry 10 (or Amazon officially supports BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10?), does the likes of Netflix, Vine, Candy Crush, Rockstar Games acknowledge BlackBerry’s presence?
The Amazon App Store selection on social networking isn’t so great – could we see BBM landing on the Amazon App Store? Courtesy says it should, but who knows.
We all know Netflix was never too keen on supporting BlackBerry but who knows, maybe now they’ll push their updates to the Amazon App Store release faster knowing it will be used by a larger number of people (BlackBerry 10 users and Amazon users)
One thing is for sure though, BlackBerry must be betting big on the Android App Player’s performance in 10.3 to have pushed a deal with Amazon. 3 – 5 seconds to load an app is simply not good enough and the average consumer will immediately shun the BlackBerry 10 device as a poor mans Android. It’s great BlackBerry can give us users the privilege to run Android apps as well as native BlackBerry 10 apps but there’s no point pushing Android apps on consumers if the performance isn’t up to scratch.
Amazon has never had their own smartphone for customers to purchase and BlackBerry has had trouble getting their devices in peoples’ hands. The launch of the Fire Phone could see developer interest raise which inadvertently is a pro and a con for BlackBerry. John Chen has made a big move here and I hope we see more coming from this deal he has struck with Amazon, this could very well work out well for both companies.
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