BlackBerry DevCon is happening in San Francisco right now – so is the Motrorola event in New York – and Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has taken the stage. He started off by noting that the recent service outage was truly unfortunate, but here are some stats:
BlackBerry subscriber base increased was 50 million last year, today there are 70 million subscribers worldwide. 115 million smartphones, today they have sold 165 million (0%+ increase in one year). BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has grown from 28 million to 50 million in one year. Finally, the BlackBerry App World has seen 1 billion downloads, with over 5 million downloads every day.
Lazaridis then shifted towards the PlayBook, stating that “Today, we’re going to show you what we’re doing to make it better.. Today I’m pleased to announce our next generation platform, BBX”. They are currently showing off games on the PlayBook…
More soon… hopefully they show off the BBX smartphones!
The event is streaming live here