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BlackBerry 10 OS Surpasses 100,000 Apps
Less than two months after its release, the new BlackBerry 10 operating system has surpassed 100,000 applications.
The company announced today that customers now have access to more than 100,000 apps for the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone (pictured), including Amazon Kindle, OpenTable, and The Wall Street Journal.
Coming soon are CNN, The Daily Show Headlines, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, Soundhound, and Viber.
“The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding,” Martyn Mallick, vice president of global alliances at BlackBerry, said in a statement. “Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing.”
While the platform already provides access to apps and games like Angry Birds Star Wars, Delta Air Lines, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Slacker, Songza, Twitter, and WhatsApp, it still lacks many of the popular titles found on iOS and Android phones. After looking at a list of 102 popular apps on Android and iOS recently, PCMag found that only 34 percent of the apps had BlackBerry 10 versions or equivalents, while 63 percent had Windows Phone 8 versions or equivalents.
But BlackBerry continues to add top brands and application providers, expecting a hefty offering by the time the Z10 hits shelves.
“The prospect of a very robust app catalog can only bolster momentum for the product and the platform itself,” John Jackson, IDC research vice president of mobile and connected platforms, said in a statement. “The ability to attract and sustain developer support is like lifeblood for any mobile platform, and it’s not something that simply happens. This progress is a testament to BlackBerry’s early and innovative engagement with developers worldwide and the innovative architecture of the platform itself.”
The Z10 is set to launch tomorrow on AT&T for $199.99, and will go on sale from Verizon on March 28. T-Mobile expects to carry the phone, though has not provided a release date yet; Spring is passing on the Z10, but will offer the new BlackBerry Q10.
All 100,000-plus BB10 applications can be found in the BlackBerry World online marketplace, along with games, themes, music, movies, and TV episodes.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag