BlackBerry kicked off its developer conference BlackBerry Jam in Hong
Kong on Thursday with a flurry of updates and announcements.
President for Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, shared that the number
of BlackBerry 10 apps available in the BlackBerry World store now stood at
131,708, approximately seven months after the OS was released. Saunders said
that at a similar stage in their life cycles, the number of apps in
Apple's iTunes App Store and Google's Play store stood at 17,500 and 2,908
It's worth pointing that the app economy has grown
considerably since Apple and Google debuted their app stores, and almost
all platforms are now growing faster than in the past, so a time-based
comparison is not a great indicator. Calculations based on recent
updates by Apple and Google indicate that their stores have been adding
new apps at a rate of roughly 20,000 apps per month, which is the same,
or slightly better, than the growth rate that BlackBerry 10 apps have
seen. Further, the total number of apps on both iTunes App Store and Play store
is now nearing one million, so BlackBerry World has a long way to go in
terms of matching that number.
Interestingly, BlackBerry has also
been adding BlackBerry 7 apps at a rapid clip, with Saunders revealing
that the total number of apps (BlackBerry 10 + BlackBerry 7 OS combined)
now stood at 256,668.
Saunders also revealed that customers of 70
carriers across 46 countries can now use direct carrier billing for
buying apps and other content on BlackBerry World as well as in-app
Addressing developers gathered from across the
Asia-Pacific, Saunders said that 37 percent of all apps in BlackBerry
World come from the region.
BlackBerry also shared additional
details of the recently announced OS 10.2 SDK, and confirmed that the
update will be ready for release to customer via carriers in October.
Disclosure: BlackBerry paid for flights and hotel for BlackBerry Jam in Hong Kong.