TORONTO, April 24 BlackBerry said on
Wednesday it plans to fill one of the biggest gaps in the app
line-up on its new BlackBerry 10 devices with a long-awaited
Skype, which was acquired by Microsoft Corp in
2011, allows its users to communicate via voice, video or chat
over the Internet, by-passing traditional telephone networks.
The service has hundreds of millions of users across the globe.
The announcement comes a day after BlackBerry said its new
Q10 smartphone will be available in Canada on May 1, and in the
United States before the end of May. The Q10, which comes with
the physical keyboard that many of BlackBerry's core fan base
cherish, is the second device to be powered by the company's new
BB10 operating system.
Skype will be available on the Q10 on launch day. Users of
the existing Z10 touchscreen device will have to wait a few
weeks more to get Skype, after a software upgrade on the
operating system, BlackBerry said.
A smaller app base than Apple's iOS and Google
Inc's Android platforms has been one of the biggest
criticisms of the new BlackBerry system. It has yet to offer
some big-name apps like Netflix and Instagram.