BlackBerry 10 could launch with as many as 104,000 apps
RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform update could be supported by as many as 104,000 applications at its launch next week, the company has revealed
BlackBerry 10 will be officially unveiled on January 30, that’s next Monday. And, according to reports, there could be as many as 104,000 applications available at launch.
Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations at RIM, confirmed that collectively RIM’s port-a-thon events had generated some 34,000 applications submissions alone. Take this figure and combine it with everything else, says Tech Crunch, and you could be looking at 100K+ apps at launch.
Know Your Mobile understands where the 34K port-a-thon apps come from, but is at a loss as to where the additional 70,000 applications that make up the 104K figure are coming from?
‘We've been accepting BlackBerry 10 apps since 12 October. And with more coming in every day as we close in on launch, we're confident that we'll launch with tens of thousands of apps, a record for the launch of any new mobile platform,’ said Bob El-Hawary, senior director of channel accounts at RIM, speaking to the Vodafone blog.
Still, if RIM manages to pull this off – and the company unveils its new platform with 100K+ applications in tow, as TC claims – then BB10 will launch with more apps than any other platform before it, including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
What’s more, RIM has pledged to have all the major app titles covered, something Microsoft has yet to do with its Windows Phone platform, which after two years is still struggling to compete with Android and iOS on numbers, quality, and price.
Expectations are high and the platform has recieved wide support from networks the globe-over. Now all RIM needs is for consumers to go out and buy the handsets once they're available later on this quarter.
We'd give RIM's BB10 better than average odds of beating Windows Phone in 2013.