A couple days ago Amazon touted their appstore reaching 240,000 titles, and today Blackberry issued a press release which gushed about the next version of their OS, and how it would ship with the Amazon Appstore:
BlackBerry Limited, 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.
For various technical reasons this is a non story (aside from the Amazon-Google and competing app stores angle). But since today is turning out to be a slow news day, I thought it would be helpful to share those technical details. (I know this is off-topic for an ebook blog, but the following details will make your BB device a more useful ereader.)
The latest version of Blackberry’s OS has long been able to run Android apps, and that includes both the Amazon Appstore client (required to install apps purchased there) and Snap, an unofficial Google Play client. The only catch was that users had to install the apps themselves.
It’s cool that the next version of BB OS will ship with Amazon Appstore, but with a little bit of work you can also install Snap. This is a third party app designed for Blackberry which offers users a graymarket access to Google Play. So far as I know it’s not an official app, but Google hasn’t squashed it yet so at the very least Google must be turning a blind eye.
I for one didn’t know about Snap, so i thought this would be good info to share. Being able to use Snap means that I have access to all of the reading apps in Google Play. They might not all work, but it’s still a big improvement over being limited to just Blackberry’s app store.