BlackBerry to shut down music, video sections

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BlackBerry will shut down the music and video sections on its app store, BlackBerry World from July 21.

On Wednesday, Canadian handset maker announced its partnership with Amazon to make 240,000 Android apps available to its users.

“While BlackBerry World will continue to offer music and video services via third party applications – again giving you more choices for your valued content — we will be closing the music and video sections of our store on July 21st,” it said on its blogpost.

It added that previously downloaded content will be available after that date through MyWorld (user account under BlackBerry World).

“Users will be able to access video and music services through a number of popular third party services available through the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World,” it said.

Under the licensing agreement with Amazon announced yesterday for the Amazon Appstore, users will have access to more than 200,000 Android apps when the Waterloo-based firm introduces its latest BlackBerry 10.3 operating system later this year.

This would mean BlackBerry users will finally have access to popular apps like Groupon, Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft, PTI reported.

Along with access to Amazon Appstore, the company will continue to offer BlackBerry World.

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Yesterday, the firm said it has entered into a licensing deal with Amazon, which will give BlackBerry 10 users access to 240,000 android apps on the e-commerce giant’s app store, a move aimed at boosting the sales of its latest smartphone.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry today reported a higher-than-expected net profit of USD 23 million in the quarter ended May 31, helped by growing smartphone sales and higher adoption of enterprise services.

The firm sold 1.6 million smartphones in the March-May quarter and issued 1.2 million BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 licences, in a sign of recovery with the embattled company finally coming out of the red.

The Waterloo (Ontario)-headquartered firm had posted a net loss of USD 84 million is the year-ago period.

Revenue for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 stood at USD 966 million, down 1 per cent from USD 976 million in the same quarter of previous fiscal.

About 39 per cent of the revenue came from hardware, including handsets, 54 percent from services and 7 percent from software and other revenue.