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BlackBerry to Support Android Mobile Apps

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BlackBerry and Amazon have announced a deal to host Blackberry apps on the Amazon store, and support the Amazon store in a future version of the BlackBerry OS.

In a simple statement, BlackBerry said that the Amazon Appstore will be available with the launch of the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this autumn.

Although not explicityly stated, the strong implication from the announcement is that the future OS will support Android apps, as the announcement claimed that adding Amazon's app store would increase the range of apps available to Blackbery users.

That can only be possible if the BlackBerry OS has a way of running Android OS based apps.

"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.

BlackBerry and Amazon said that they 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.

BlackBerry added that it will also 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.

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