Jeff Bezos during the D6 Conference

Asa Mathat

Jeff Bezos during the D6 Conference

Mobile


With all the news around Amazon’s phone on Wednesday, less attention was paid to the company’s deal with BlackBerry, where it will become the Canadian handset maker’s main source of consumer apps.

But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the deal is a big boost for both Amazon and those who do the work to tailor apps for the company’s Android Appstore.

“This is just awesome for Amazon developer community,” Bezos told Re/code in an interview this week. “It’s just yet another reason to develop for the Amazon Appstore.”

On its own, Amazon has been able to attract 240,000 apps to its store, largely on the success of the Kindle Fire tablets, though the Appstore can also be loaded by consumers onto non-Amazon Android devices, and is preloaded on a smattering of smartphones from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung.

Bezos said Amazon would be happy to have its Appstore on more manufacturers’ devices. “We’d be very open to it. I think it would be great. I think it is great for everybody.”



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