When BlackBerry 10 was first unveiled, BlackBerry said that the devices would launch with over 70,000 apps. It's been almost two months since then and the platform is starting to pick up the pace.
BlackBerry announced today that the BlackBerry 10 platform now has over 100,000 apps. The company says that it added 30,000 apps over the span of seven weeks, which is pretty impressive no matter how you look at it. The platform isn't slowing down either with BlackBerry 10 adding a number of new apps to BlackBerry World over the next few weeks:
“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,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances at BlackBerry. “Top brands and application providers are joining us every day and are seeing the benefits of being early supporters of the new platform. We constantly hear from developers that the BlackBerry 10 tools are easy to build with and that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms.”
So where does BlackBerry 10 stand in comparison to the competition? WIndows Phone 8 has only just recently passed the 130,000 app mark so BlackBerry 10 could very well eclipse Microsoft's platform if the Redmond giant's current plan to spark app development doesn't work out.
As for Android and iOS, it's a little unfair to compare at this point. Both platforms have around a quarter of a million apps as they're both well established. As Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 become more established themselves, expect their respective app stores to grow.