Blackberry Store Adds 30K Apps in 7 Weeks, Reaches 100K Milestone
Blackberry is launching its new Z10 smartphone. In time for the event, Blackberry's app store now has 100,000 apps. Developers created more than 30,000 new apps in the past seven weeks after the Canadian company released news of its new operating system and devices.
Right now, BlackBerry 10 customers are able to download Amazon Kindle, OpenTable, and The Wall Street Journal. In the next few weeks users will be able to download apps for CNN, The Daily Show, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, Soundhound, and Vibee.
According to Martyn Mallick, Blackberry's vice president of global alliances, "The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding. We constantly hear from developers...that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms."
An obvious drawback of BlackBerry's new products has been that there aren't as many apps available as there are for its competitors Android and iPhone. That is why BlackBerry has been frenetic in getting developers to build many more apps for their BlackBerry World store. Of course, with Android's new release in April, it has been steadily adding to its app cache. Many of its apps are amongst the most popular offered.
BlackBerry 10 was unveiled in January after a series of delays. Its operating system has been heading toward the abyss almost no match for the upward rockets Android and iOS. However, the BlackBerry 10 indicates they are not screaming "Uncle," just yet though they've had no significant product updates to remind users they are still doing brisk business. BlackBerry needs to gain its stride and the increase in app offerings and its new touch-screen phone are a step in the right direction, though very late.
Its new phone, the touch-screen BlackBerry Z10, will launch tomorrow in the U.S.