The Amazon Appstore is now preloaded on BlackBerry 10.3 devices starting with BlackBerry Passport. With the release of BlackBerry build 10.3, BlackBerry users can now shop for and download apps from the Amazon Appstore.
Make More Money with the Amazon Appstore
The Amazon Appstore has never been available on a broader range of devices and platforms. It’s no wonder 65% of the surveyed developers also say that the Total Revenue achieved on the Kindle Fire is similar to, or even better than, what they experience with other major platforms.
The Amazon Appstore is integrated into Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire phone devices. Earlier this month, we announced that Fire TV and Fire phone are now available in the UK and Germany. Back in August, we announced the expansion of the Amazon Appstore to 41 new countries, including Egypt, Indonesia, Singapore and Turkey. So publishing your Android app on Amazon means you reach customers from around the world.
The Amazon Appstore is not just available on Amazon devices. Hundreds of thousands of customers have downloaded the Amazon Appstore for Android, and the new Amazon App App for Android deepens our penetration into the Android platform.
And now, the Amazon Appstore is preloaded on BlackBerry 10 devices globally, giving you access to more customers with Amazon.
Getting Your BlackBerry App to the Amazon Appstore
If you have an Android Runtime app in BlackBerry world today, getting it to the Amazon Appstore is pretty easy. You have two choices.
1. Build an APK for the Amazon Appstore
If you’d like to use your IDE or Framework to create an APK for the Amazon Appstore - or if you already have an APK you built for another store - you’ll find that it is easier than you think. If you created an Android APK for the Google Play store, there is a good chance you can use the same APK you submitted to Google Play; most apps we've tested just work in the Amazon App store.
Just follow these steps if your app does not use Google Play services:
1. Go to Developer.amazon.com/welcome
2. Drag and drop your APK onto the Testing widget in the top left of the developer home page.
You will get a result in about 90 seconds letting you know if there are any compatibility issues you should address, and how we recommend you attend to those issues.
3. If your app passes this test with no issues, you can simply click on the ‘Submit’ button, and fill in the app metadata to submit your app.
If your app does use Google Play APIs, (like In App Billing or Cloud Messaging), you will need to:
- Replace the Google Play API with an Amazon Equivalent (see our API stack here).
- Once you’ve done that, you can build the APK and test it with the tool mentioned above.
2. Get an APK out of a BlackBerry .bar file
If you’d like to test the APK out of your Android Runtime .bar file, here is how you do that:
1. Change the file extension of the .bar file to .zip
2. Expand the .zip file
3. In the Android folder, you will see a file with an .apk extension (shown below)
4. Drop and drag that file to the testing widget on Developer.amazon.com/welcome (shown below)
5. You will get test results explaining work remaining (if any) to be compatible on the Amazon Appstore.
6. Complete any work that may be required, and you can submit the app to the Appstore. Once approved, it will be available on BB10+ devices.
Submitting Your App is Easy
For more information on compatibility between BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore, please see this video.
Create a free developer account with the Amazon Appstore here.