On January 30th BlackBerry announced they had over 70,000 available apps in BlackBerry World. Now seven weeks later, as expected, the company is boasting an increase of 30,000 apps and reached the 100,000 app milestone.
BlackBerry World has some solid native apps – such as Twitter, Facebook, Angry Birds Star Wars, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and Foursquare. Starting today BlackBerry users can also download Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, “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.” Skype, Rdio and Viber will all help increase BB10 adoption.
However, some big name developers have decided to pass on creating a native app by taking the route of porting their Android apps over to BlackBerry, or some devs have clearly stated a ‘wait and see position,’ namely Netflix, and said they’ll not create a BlackBerry app.
Martyn Mallick, VP of Global Alliances at BlackBerry said “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.”
Update: Here’s another stat. We reached out to Alex Kinsella, Senior Public Relations and Social Media Manager at BlackBerry, for a better insight into app downloads. Since BlackBerry World went live – then called BlackBerry App World – on April 1st, 2009 the company has now seen 4 billion app downloads. Unfortunately BlackBerry didn’t share specific BlackBerry 10 app downloads.