Latest BlackBerry OS update adds Amazon Appstore

Good news for owners of BlackBerry devices: The latest software update, version 10.3.1, is coming to your handset. BlackBerry shared the news on Thursday rather emphatically in a blog post, saying you should “prepare to be wowed.”

The wow factor is presumably in both the latest software improvements and the expanded access to mobile apps.

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[company]BlackBerry[/company] 10.3.1 adds the [company]Amazon[/company] Appstore, which BlackBerry announced in June when it signed a license agreement with Amazon, then saying 200,000 apps would be available. The squarish BlackBerry Passport and the Classic already had Amazon Appstore access; the software update will add the same to the BlackBerry Q5, Q10, Z10, Z30, and Z3 models.

BlackBerry’s latest software features are part of the update as well. BlackBerry Blend sends notifications from your phone to a computer or tablet, while the new BlackBerry Assistant is a voice-command service to help you manage your day. BlackBerry is also touting better power savings and updated camera software for improved images as well.

Handset owners will get a notification in their BlackBerry Hub when the software is available for their phone. BlackBerry noted that the timing of the update is dependent on carriers, so you may have a little more time to prepare before being wowed.