BlackBerry is on the verge of releasing its latest software update for its mobile devices, and it will contain one of the most important additions in the operating system’s history.
All devices running BlackBerry 10.3.1 out of the box will have the Amazon App Store installed by default. This app store grants BB users access to every Android app available to Amazon device users – a significant expansion to the notoriously barren BlackBerry App Store.
Not all of these apps will run flawlessly, but it’s a nice option for BB users to have.
Sideloading Android app stores has been an option available on the BlackBerry OS for a while now, but it’s always been something that you had to know existed before you could use it. Chances are your standard business-first BlackBerry user had no idea the option existed.
All new BlackBerry handsets will come with this version of the OS pre-installed, and it features a number of other features too. All non-BlackBerry Classic handsets that install it will receive the Classic’s excellent range of keyboard shortcuts, as is message unification centre BlackBerry Blend.
Certain BlackBerry apps and the camera software will also receive enhancements. Update 10.3.1 is rolling out as we speak, but just when it will reach your device depends on your location and carrier.