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BlackBerry announces it is "in talks" with Instagram, Netflix

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BlackBerry, the firm previously known as RIM, has said that it is "in talks" to bring Instagram and Netflix to BlackBerry 10, but is unable to confirm exact launch plans.

The new BlackBerry 10 operating system was launched yesterday (January 30), alongside the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen phone and Q10 physical keyboard handset.

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The phones launched with access to more than 70,000 apps from the BlackBerry World store, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare, along with Skype, Amazon Kindle, WhatsApp, Angry Birds, Where's My Water?, Box, Rdio, Songza, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

However, popular iphoto-sharing app Instagram is not available, nor are music streaming services like Spotify or Pandora, or video streaming video apps such as Netflix and YouTube.

Google maps is also not present on the platform, as BlackBerry has included its own mapping app as standard.

Talking to AllThingsDigital, a BlackBerry spokesman said that the company is "in talks" with Instagram and Netflix, but was unable to confirm when these apps would become available to BlackBerry users.


There is also no word on a dedicated YouTube app, although BlackBerry says the service can be accessed via the web browser.

Whilst BlackBerry is quick to stress that it has secured most of the world's top apps, the 70,000-strong launch lineup seems pretty small compared to those of rival operating systems.

Apple currently offers 800,000 apps on its app store, while Google's Android store, Google Play, is thought to be not too far behind.

Microsoft's Windows Phone, considered the main rival to BlackBerry for third-placed operating system behind Android and iOS, added around 75,000 new apps in 2012 and so boasts more services than BlackBerry 10.

However, Microsoft has also been unable to strike a deal to launch Instagram on Windows Phone.

Watch a video introducing the BlackBerry Q10 below:

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