March 22, 2013
BlackBerry 10 Now Has 100,000 Apps
There’s an app for that, a BlackBerry 10 app that is. While Apple’s iPhone was the first to tout that there was an app for just about everything, and launched numerous “There’s an app for that” commercials, most mobile smartphones today also offer users plenty of options when it comes to those simple, downloadable applications.
On Thursday BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research in Motion) noted in a blog post that since the official launch of the BlackBerry 10 handset on January 30, the handset maker has seen considerable momentum from the development community. Back in January there were a reported 70,000 apps in time for the launch.
That number has reportedly grown to 100,000, and it includes some notable brands.
“Today, Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and The Wall Street Journal are available to BlackBerry 10 customers and in the coming weeks CNN, The Daily Show Headlines, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, Soundhound and Viber will be available for download or purchase,” BlackBerry noted in its blog post.
BlackBerry has been encouraging developers from around the world to build up its app catalog, while company CEO Thorsten Heins has been targeting the top apps in each market to ensure that BlackBerry Z10 users do in fact have plenty of apps to choose from.
“The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding. Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing, now with more than 100,000 apps,” said Martyn Mallick, vice president of global alliances at BlackBerry, in a statement. “Top brands and application providers are joining us every day and are seeing the benefits of being early supporters of the new platform. We constantly hear from developers that the BlackBerry 10 tools are easy to build with and that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms.”
In addition to those aforementioned top brands that have been recently added to the BlackBerry line-up, customers have had access to many leading apps and games. These include: Angry Birds Star Wars, ATP World Tour Live, BBC Top Gear News, Bloomberg Anywhere, CBS Sports, Delta Air Lines, F1 2013 Timing App CP, Facebook, Foursquare, Jetpack Joyride, Keek, LinkedIn, Navita Translator, Need for Speed, NHL GameCenter, N.O.V.A. 3, The New York Times, PressReader, Slacker, Songza, Twitter, UFC, USA TODAY, Waze, WhatsApp, and Zara.
BlackBerry clearly seems to understand that, to compete against Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android that, apps do matter. A longstanding criticism of BlackBerry has been its lack of apps for new products in its BlackBerry World store. This time it seems that the company is delivering the apps, but yet many cannot be considered entirely original to the platform.
Information Week noted that some 40 percent of the 70,000 apps were ported from the Android platform, and moreover that many of those ported apps cannot utilize all of the functionality with the BlackBerry 10’s user interface.
The first new phone, the touchscreen-enabled BlackBerry Z10 will be officially released in the United States on Friday, and will be available for AT&T for $199. The handset will arrive for Verizon on March 28 for the same price.
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