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BlackBerry BB10 to get Skype integration

26 Apr 2013
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BlackBerry has revealed that Skye will be returning to its mobile OS in upcoming handset models.

The company this week released a preview version of the Skype mobile VoIP application to its BlackBerry World application service. The preview release will allow users who are running the Blackberry 10 preview to access their Skype accounts.

The service is set to be released in full with the arrival of the BlackBerry Q10 handset and will also be supported with upcoming models from the company. Skype support will require handset running BB10.1 or later.

The arrival of Skype could help make up for a dearth of software which has plagued the former-RIM platform since its arrival. An early V3 review of the Q10 lauded the stellar hardware features on the handset but cautioned users that a lack of supported applications could limit its versatility.

BlackBerry has been frantically working to bring developers into the BB10 fold, launching campaigns to win over business app developers and increase the platform's ecosystem. The company went as far as to offer developers a $10,000 revenue guarantee should they opt to port their software to BB10.

Even with the efforts, however, the lack of software has helped to keep BlackBerry's market share far below that of leaders Android and iOS. Analysts recently placed the company's UK market share at just 0.7 percent of sales in the early months of 2013.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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