Amazon Appstore on BlackBerry 10
Help, How-To & Tips | 250 Comments How to get Android apps on BlackBerry from the Amazon Appstore The Amazon Appstore promises to be a premiere source for Android apps on BlackBerry, and odds are you want it now that it's so easy to install Android apps. In addition to hosting a lot of content that isn't available in BlackBerry World, Amazon has the added bonus of offering a free app every...

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May 22, 2015 Into PC or console gaming? Get Twitch on your BlackBerry
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If you're not a PC or console gamer feel free to ignore this post as it probably won't be of interest. However, millions of people do spend a ton of time on their computers, PlayStation or Xbox and you may well be pleased to hear that you can join your Android or iPhone buddies by having Twitch on your BlackBerry 10 device.

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May 06, 2015 Reminder: BlackBerry hosting 'Building Secure Android Apps for the Enterprise' webcast
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Building Secure Android Apps for the Enterprise webcast

If you're a developer interested in building secure Android apps for Enterprise, you might want to register for the Building Secure Android Apps for the Enterprise webcast taking place on May 21, 2015. The hour-long event will kick off at 11am EDT and is being hosted by BlackBerry Dev.

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Apr 13, 2015 Deezer brings enhanced audio quality with their latest update
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Deezer brings enhanced audio quality with their latest update

I honestly cannot remember the last time Deezer's streaming music app was last updated for BlackBerry 10 but, I know without a doubt that right now, there's a new update available. Although it remains an Android port at this point, Deezer has added a rather significant change to this release, one I'm sure anyone who is using the app will certainly appreciate. So what is it? Well, it's better sounding music, essentially.

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Mar 27, 2015 Reebee shopping list and flyer app returns to BlackBerry World with a new look
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Reebee shopping list and flyer app returns to BlackBerry World

Back when BlackBerry 10 launched, one of my favorite apps was Reebee. The app collected all the local flyers in my area and presented them in a way that was easy to read, so I could keep up with any sales that were happening through stores nearby. Eventually, Reebee stopped being updated, and I switched to Flipp, which offers a similar service though I found it to be slightly less reliable when it came to finding all available flyers.

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Mar 26, 2015 HMV Music app updated to v2.0.0.4 to clear up some bugs
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HMV Music app updated to v2.0.0.4 to clear up some bugs

Since the removal of music and movies from BlackBerry World, BlackBerry users have had to look elsewhere to get music on their devices and one option available is the HMV Music app. Truth be told, the app has been neglected for a bit as one might be able to tell from reading the reviews, but that's neither here nor there now as v2.0.0.4 has arrived and is readily available for download from BlackBerry World.

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Feb 25, 2015 BlackBerry works with Google to enhance mobile security and user experience
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BlackBerry works with Google to enhance mobile security and user experience

BlackBerry announced today that the company is working with Google to enable BES12, the cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications that debuted at Google I/O last year.

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Feb 21, 2015 Snap v3 Beta 3 now available for download
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Snap v3 Beta 3 now available for download

With two beta releases already out there, it's now time for Snap v3 beta 3. As expected, this release brings along with it several bug fixes and changes including some changes to address download issues, scrolling and there's now additional layout fixes for the BlackBerry Passport as well. That's just a small list of additions, you can view the rest below.

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Feb 19, 2015 BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore
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BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore

Although this announcement might not mean a lot for BlackBerry users, it could come in handy when recommending others to download BBM. BlackBerry has now made BBM available through the Amazon Appstore.

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Feb 16, 2015 Superb free gaming today with Bamba - courtesy of the Amazon Appstore
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Amazon's free app of the day today is a real gem. I hadn't heard of Bamba before this morning but as soon as I saw it was available I downloaded it to my Passport and it was instantly clear that this one was worth sharing.

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Feb 11, 2015 Snap v3 Beta 2 now available for download
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Snap v3 Beta 2 now available for download

Although the announcement of a new release on Tuesday hit some snags, Red Light of Love has now been updated and you'll find Snap v3 beta 2 now available for download and it's packed with quite a few changes even from the previous release. Looking for the change log? Jump below and have a look for yourself.

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Feb 10, 2015 Snap v3 Beta sees over 11,000 downloads in the first 24 hours
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Snap v3 sees over 11,000 downloads in the first 24 hours

With Snap v3 now out in beta form, the developer has decided to drop a note sharing some of the statistics on downloads 24 hours after its release. According to a new blog post over at Red Light of Love, Snap v3 was downloaded over 11,000 (11,500 to be precise) times and there was over 200 emails generated from user feedback.

The first beta of Snap v3 brought an overwhelming response from the BlackBerry community! There were over 11,500 downloads of the new beta and over 200 feedback emails. I'm so grateful to have such a supportive community of testers. With such a response from the community, I must answer back with a new beta build!

As noted, Snap v3 Beta 2 will be released Tuesday (2/10) night, with a few important bug fixes so we'll let you all know when that is available for download. Needless to say, those numbers are pretty impressive. Have you downloaded the latest build? If not, get to it.

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Feb 06, 2015 Snap v3 beta could arrive before the end of the week
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Snap v3

Although it seems forever since we caught the first tease of Snap v3, which was followed up by a closer look at the end of December, the time of waiting could be over by the end of the week. That's according to Snap developer Jim Muir via his Twitter account.

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Jan 03, 2015 Jamie's 20 Minute Meals - free today from the Amazon Appstore
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Whether you're into cooking or just looking for some inspiration, today could be the perfect way to get creative in the kitchen thanks to Amazon and Jamie Oliver. Normally just short of five bucks, Jamie's 20 Minute Meals is Amazon's free app of the day and after downloading it onto my BlackBerry Passport it looks to be a real sizzler!

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Dec 26, 2014 Snap v3 still in the works but not quite ready just yet
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It seems forever ago now that we saw the first teaser of Snap v3 with its all new design based on Android Lollipop. So long in fact, many folks began to wonder whether or not it was still going to be released.

As it turns out, it will be and Red Light of Love took to Twitter to offer everyone an update and a brand new preview of the native app that allows you to install Android apps directly from the Google Play Store. Hit play on the video above to check out the preview.

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Dec 19, 2014 BlackBerry Expands Support for Mobility Management Solutions to Android Lollipop
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BlackBerry Expands Support for Mobility Management Solutions to Android Lollipop

BlackBerry has now made another move to further improve their BES12 offerings by announcing support for Android 5.0 Lollipop.

"Customers recognize the risks that mobility brings into their organization, and BES12 is the insurance policy that will protect their critical data while giving them the freedom to choose whichever platforms they prefer," said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry. "We are pleased to manage Android Lollipop through BES12, allowing enterprises to enable better productivity for their employees."

BES12 support for Android Lollipop was made available to customers in early November. The capability underscores BlackBerry's commitment to unparalleled security in managing devices from multiple platforms in the enterprise, and further demonstrates the breadth of BES12 functionality.

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Nov 08, 2014 Test your brain cells with IQ Mission - free today from Amazon
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IQ Mission

If you fancy exercising the old grey matter then you may want to jump into the Amazon Appstore and download IQ Mission which is currently free today. If you're a whizz at board and puzzle games (very much unlike me) this one should keep you well occupied.

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Oct 27, 2014 A thing of beauty - Atomus HD, free today from Amazon
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Atomus HD

Just a quick heads up for you folk that like to take advantage of Amazon's 'free app of the day'. Atomus HD is todays offering and it may not be super exciting or productive, but it oozes awesomeness - trust me.

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Sep 16, 2014 Microsoft considering bringing OneNote app to BlackBerry 10, add your vote!
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Earlier today Microsoft rolled out OneNote for Android Wear of all things and that left many wondering if they'd ever port the Android version over to BlackBerry 10. As it turns out, their UserVoice forums where they collect feedback has been home to a request for OneNote on BlackBerry 10 since June.

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Aug 30, 2014 Amazon GameCircle will be supported on the BlackBerry 10 Android Runtime
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When it comes to the BlackBerry 10 Android Runtime, there's been plenty of debate about whether or not it's good enough to fill the 'app gap' on BlackBerry 10. When the Amazon Appstore deal was announced I was rather skeptical about it all because right now, on official BlackBerry 10 releases the Android Runtime still has what I consider to be a few issues of concern.

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Aug 10, 2014 Snap v3 is coming - Here's a sneak peek!
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Although there's several ways to load Android apps onto your BlackBerry 10 device and come BlackBerry OS 10.3, the Amazon Appstore will be pre-loaded, Snap remains a favorite for BlackBerry users everywhere with well over 3 million Android apps downloaded through the app.

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Aug 02, 2014 7digital Music Store for BlackBerry 10 updated with bug fixes
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If you decided to transition your music from BlackBerry World to the 7digital Music Store app on BlackBerry 10, you'll want to make sure you have the latest version installed. A new update to the 7digital Music Store has now arrived in BlackBerry World and although the change log is small, there's some important changes within it such as improvements for saving your music to your SD Card.

  • Fix for issue saving to SD Card
  • Fix for missing featured albums
  • Fix for Canadian English store sending French emails

The update is live now, so there shouldn't be any waiting for it to arrive. For those who like to keep track of version numbers, it goes from 5.69.5.1 to 5.69.6.1. Are you using the 7digital Music Store or did you look elsewhere for music purchases now? Let us know.

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Aug 01, 2014 Max Secure release AntiVirus - a new budget scanner for BlackBerry 10
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AntiVirus

We've featured Max Mobile Security a couple of times here before, and the same developers have now released AntiVirus - a more cost effective application.

While I suspect that many BlackBerry 10 users will currently be more than happy with the awesome level of security their device gives them, this app will give you some extra reassurance when downloading Android apps/games.

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Jul 31, 2014 Amazon Appstore now in more countries
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Amazon Appstore now in more countries

Amazon says that its Appstore for Android is now available in 236 countries and territories following this recent expansion of 41 more regions. That said, not all apps within the Amazon Appstore catalog will be available in all regions due to local laws and restrictions on certain apps and content. However, for consumers, this will be another venue to purchase and download apps, which will be especially beneficial to BlackBerry customers who have access to Amazon's Appstore to deliver Android apps to their devices.

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Jul 19, 2014 HeroCraft's Ice Rage: Hockey available for free on the Amazon Appstore today!
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Although I'm not much of a sports fan, I do oddly enough enjoy playing a lot of sports video games, especially hockey games. I've been playing them since NHL 95' arrived back on the Super NES and Sega Genesis all those many years ago. Earlier today, StuBurke8 let me know that HeroCraft's awesome Ice Rage: Hockey was available on the Amazon Appstore for free so I decided to give it a go and it's pretty awesome.

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Jul 15, 2014 Blackphone fires back: 'BlackBerry betrayed its customers and jettisoned its credibility'
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Blackphone

The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms.

The main selling point Blackphone CEO Toby Weir-Jones posited for their product compared to BlackBerry was encrypted peer-to-peer voice calling, though it continues on to describe the BES infrastructure as restrictive and ineffectual. He even goes so far as to say BlackBerry's previous tiffs with local governments over lawful interception resulted in betrayals of customers.

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Jun 27, 2014 Amazon giving away 30 paid apps for free today and Saturday!
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Amazon App Store Sale

It looks like Bla1ze — CrackBerry's new Editor in Chief — is sleeping in this morning (he's still getting the hang of this whole waking up early to blog thing), so here's a little FYI for all of you running the Amazon App Store on your BlackBerry 10 phone.

For today and Saturday, Amazon is giving away 30 paid Android apps for free!

At the time of this posting, I have not checked each app to see how it runs on BlackBerry 10, so be sure to test things out and drop a note in the comments with your results. And if you're not running the Amazon App Store on your phone, click here for a tutorial on how to install it. It looks like US, India, Australia and the UK are all supported regions for this sale. That said, it may also show up in other regions, so if you find the apps are on sale for you be sure to spread the word. And keep in mind, the Amazon App Store will soon be officially supported by BlackBerry, so you can consider loading it up as a head start.

Here's a full list of apps and games covered by the Amazon App Store giveaway, which are temporarily available for free (31 in the US):

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Jun 18, 2014 BlackBerry teams up with Amazon to deliver Android apps on BlackBerry 10
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Good news for BlackBerry 10 users today as the Canadian company announce a new deal they have struck with Amazon which will see the Amazon Appstore become available on BlackBerry 10.3 later in the year.

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Jun 12, 2014 What would it take to get me back to BlackBerry?
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Z3 Back

Several months ago I embarked on an experiment. As a guy who'd used BlackBerry since 2000 I had deep experience with the platform along with good experience on iOS. But I had practically no experience on Android. So I put my Z10 on my bedside table and left it there while I moved my SIM into a Samsung Galaxy S4. At the time it was among the best Android handsets available.

I realize I'm in dangerous territory on CrackBerry when I say this, but unless certain things change it is very unlikely that I'll switch back to BlackBerry. I truly wish this was not the case. I say this because overall I think BlackBerry makes a better device and a better OS. I wish a few things would change to tip the scale back in their favor. But as it stands the major factor keeping me away from BlackBerry is app availability.

I could make the argument complicated and tell you that it's about 3rd party apps AND Google services. But in reality the Google services are apps, and they are available in Google Play. If BlackBerry 10 gave me access to Google's awesome apps along with the selection of Android apps available in the Play store, I'd feel like I had the best of both worlds.

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Jun 04, 2014 Get Instagram 6.0.1 on your BlackBerry right now!
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Instagram Update

It may be an Android app and not available in BlackBerry World, but that doesn't stop us BlackBerry 10 folk from using it. Instagram has been updated to include a bunch of new photo editing tools and enhancements which you can download from the Android app store of your choice.

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May 15, 2014 We've updated our CrackBerry Android app with some important fixes
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Mobile Nations Apps

A quick heads up for those of you rocking the official CrackBerry App on Android— we've pushed out an update today with a number of important fixes. You're going to want to make sure you download this one, particularly if you've seen increased data usage or are using the widget on your home screen. The fixes apply to all the editorial (ie not the Tapatalk-esque one) apps for all our Mobile Nations sites, including Connectedly, Android Central, iMore and WPCentral.

Here's the deal:

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