BlackBerry 10 launches with 70,000 apps including Skype, Whatsapp and Angry Birds

Over the past weeks RIM, now known as Blackberry, has been making quite a fuss about developer interest in their platform. As we reported earlier, they have been staging so called port-a-thons where they would pay developers and offer other incentives just so they would port their apps to Blackberry's new operating system. According to the Canadian company, this has been a major success and the OS is now launching with 70.000 apps on board.

Earlier on stage, Blackberry officials revealed their platform also had "1000 top apps from across the globe". Though details are a bit hard to come by, the folks at BB name checked a few major apps including: Whatsapp, Kindle, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Where's my Perry and the Angry Birds series.

Perhaps most surprinsingly, they also mentioned Skype was onboard. Skype, owned by Microsoft, is one of the world's most popular VOIP clients out there and why Microsoft is letting their competitors use their product is a bit of a puzzle, especially as Skype integration is touted as an important feature on Windows Phone. It may be that Microsoft doesn't think BB10 is going anywhere so there's no threat or it may be that the Redmond company is simply interested in getting as many users as possible on Skype, regardless of what platform they use.

We all know apps are an extremely important part of the ecosystem around a phone and a strong app catalog may improve RIM Blackberry's chances at competing in the marketplace. However, there are still some questions left unanswered. First of all those 70.000 apps are most likely spread around different regions so it's very likely you'll get different experiences depending on where you buy your device. Then there's the issue of quality. Sure, a big number of apps has a nice ring to it but what's really important is the quality of said apps and getting thousands of people to port apps as fast as they can in exchange for a paycheck is definitely not the way to go if your aiming for quality.

Of course these issues will be sorted out once users finally get their hands on Blackberry 10 devices and get to experience everything first hand.

 

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Why wouldn't Microsoft want Skype on every platform? Look how platform exclusivity helped BBM and Blackberry (hint, it didn't make up for any other flaw).

I had a look at their official twitter app, doesn't look like a smartphone app, most of the one's I've looked at they look exactly like earlier blackberry apps.

Skype isnt even out of beta on Windows Phone 8 and they are rushing to support BB. Typical Microsoft mismanagement, putting other platforms before WP. They really need to get a CEO who has a vision to bring all their properties together and working seamlessly together, rather than spewing crap like "dropbox is a startup". Sack baldy Ballmer now!!!

As several have stated, it's pretty simple to port Android to BB10, so I don't how they "rushed" to do anything. Make sense. I just can't believe they haven't got the WP8 version finished.

efjay said,
Typical Microsoft mismanagement, putting other platforms before WP.

Never imagined I'd see the day when someone would type these words.

Agreed, I can see BB making a big comeback. The only cetch is that people have to actually buy BB 10 devices. There are a lot of companies out there still using Blackberrys, but how many of them have projects underway to switch? How many of them will not want to take the risk investing in BB 10 until it is proven?

If they can get at least 20% of their current users to upgrade soon, then I think they have a shot. Assuming there are no major problems with the new platform.

Having a skype app isn't that surprising... Microsoft is making a push I believe to have apps that work on all types of devices and Operating Systems... See Office, Bing, Skype, Outlook.com/Hotmail...

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
Wow, BB has tens of thousands more apps at launch than does Windows 8 after three months! Impressive for BB and shame for Microsoft.

Did they mention or did you see what are those 69990 apps other than 10 apps that are listed here? Just don't troll here

It is trolling to make a comment based on a fact presented in the article?? It isn't that surprising. First, RIM (now Blackberry) made it very easy to port apps from Andriod and older Blackberry OS to BB 10. Also, Blackberry even now has vastly more users than Windows Mobile. Last Blackberry is bribing companies with their $10,000 garneted. They state that any serious developer will make at least $10,000 in profits on BB 10 apps, if they don't Blackberry will pay them the difference. They do require you to make at least $1,000 on your own before they chip in, that is their way of weeding out stupid things like fart apps.

nitins60 said,

Did they mention or did you see what are those 69990 apps other than 10 apps that are listed here? Just don't troll here



In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

So, he is on topic and stating facts. He is not trolling. And it is funny that BB has more apps considering all the marketing/promoting MS has been doing.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
Wow, BB has tens of thousands more apps at launch than does Windows 8 after three months! Impressive for BB and shame for Microsoft.

According to Wikipedia, Blackberry App World went live on April 1, 2009 - almost 4 years ago. So after 4 years, or about 1520 apps per month. Meanwhile, WinRT (not really sure why you are comparing a phone to a tablet, but that is the new norm) has 30,000 apps after 3 months, or 10,000 apps per month. Windows Phone has 150,000 apps after 26 months, or 5770 per month. And if we can do comparisons of a phone to computers, then Win8 has millions upon millions of apps.

But BB only has 70,000 apps after 4 years? Sounds rather pathetic to me.

HELLO? They are talking about BB10 apps. So it's not pathetic at all to have 70,000 BB10 apps in a short time.

Better learn to read...

TruckWEB said,
HELLO? They are talking about BB10 apps. So it's not pathetic at all to have 70,000 BB10 apps in a short time.

Better learn to read...

Previous versions of BB apps do not run on this device?

Edit: BTW, I love how in this article, BlackBerry says that they paid people to port their apps and it is a great success - GO BB! And yet, when Microsoft gave out some money for the big name apps, it was a huge scandal that supposedly showed how desperate and pathetic they were.

Edited by nohone, Jan 30 2013, 6:17pm :

sphbecker said,
First, RIM (now Blackberry) made it very easy to port apps from Andriod and older Blackberry OS to BB 10.

I believe this is the main reason for the huge number of apps... was checking out the videos on porting, you just need to install the tools and do a few things to get an Android app packaged for BB 10. If everything goes well, you don't even need to change a single line of code from your Android app!

nohone said,

Previous versions of BB apps do not run on this device?

Edit: BTW, I love how in this article, BlackBerry says that they paid people to port their apps and it is a great success - GO BB! And yet, when Microsoft gave out some money for the big name apps, it was a huge scandal that supposedly showed how desperate and pathetic they were.


Yes they do; they chose a different path then MS so they do.
which company was right? Time will tell....

Fritzly said,

Yes they do; they chose a different path then MS so they do.
which company was right? Time will tell....

If apps for previous versions work on this device, then it is not something spectacular that they have 70,000 on launch. WP8 has 150,000 apps, iPhone 5 has 800,000, WP8 did twice that many in half the time (with compatibility for most WP7 apps), Apple did 11 times that many in the same amount of time (with compatibility for most iOS 5 apps).

I was cheering when WP7 hit 70,000 apps, and I am not trying to put down BB for their app count because really, if you have the most popular of the other platforms then it is fine. But to treat this like it is some amazing feat that the others could not do is simply not true.

I do not believe older apps work on BB10 because they are not touch optimized.

Secondly, for those of you who have been calling me a troll or MS hater cannot be any more wrong.

I have been running W8 since dev prev in 2011. I have been a Microsoft Fan since my childhood and still a huge fan.

I refuse to use an Android phone or an iPhone. If I have a smartphone, it will (if God wills) be a Windows Phone.

For those of you think I am bashing Microsoft, please stop.

Furthermore, I made the remark because Windows 8 will be sold to 100s of millions of PC, and yet the App devs can't get apps on the platform as fast as an unproven, risky, OS, like BB10?