Finally, some good news for BlackBerry users. The BlackBerry app store has crossed the 100,000 apps milestone, and it’s just in time for the launch of BlackBerry Z10. In just the last 2 months alone, developers have published nearly 30,000 apps to the platform, bringing the app store closer to Windows Phone’s 150,000 apps.
So now the new users of BlackBerry Z10 will have an impressive number of apps to choose from. As of today , BB Z10 owners can download popular apps like, Kindle, TWSJ, OpenTable and WhatsApp. There will be more apps making their way to the platform which include, Skype, eBay, Rdio, Soundhound, Viber and many more top apps.
RIM has been talking to developers from all around the globe well before the launch of its BB Z10 smartphone; just to make sure there are more than enough apps for the new Z10 customers to start with.
This is what Martyn Mallick, VP of Global Alliances at BlackBerry had to say about the BB10 platform:
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. 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.
Although, there is something else worth noting here, and that is the majority of apps available on the BB app store, nearly 70,000 to be specific are direct ports from Android. This means these apps are just ports from Android and are not able to take full advantage of the BB10 platform. These apps will not run as smoothly as native apps. Therefore, it is safe to say the BlackBerry app store only has 30,000 native apps, while all other apps are just Android apps ported to save time. RIM has not mentioned this fact anywhere, and they obviously assume the users will find it out for themselves.
Anyways, ports or no ports BB10 has now surpassed the 100K apps milestone, and the next milestone should be beating Windows Phone’s 150K app count. This looks like a simple feat considering the growth of BB10 in the last seven weeks.
Do you think 100K apps are enough to compel a user to buy a BlackBerry 10 device? Let us know.