BlackBerry 10 Apps Hit 100K Milestone

by Christopher Freeburn | March 21, 2013 12:06 pm

blackberry 630 rimm[1]Users of BlackBerry‘s (NASDAQ:BBRY[2]) new BB10 operating system now have a greater range of apps to download[3].

The company formerly known as Research in Motion said on Wednesday that there are now more than 100,000 BB10 apps available. That marked an increase of more than 30,000 apps since the new OS debuted in January, ZDNet noted.

BlackBerry has been trying to encourage as many developers as possible to create apps for BB10, knowing that consumer demand for a wide range of apps can drive device choices.

To increase the number of apps available in time for the BB10 launch, BlackBerry made it possible for some apps designed for Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG[4]) Android OS to be easily adapted to BB10. Some of the apps ported from Android to BB10 don’t have the full range of functionality found in their original configuration.

BlackBerry is attempting to reclaim market share from Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL[5]) iPhone and Android, both of which have hundreds of thousands of apps available to users.

BlackBerry’s new BB10 smartphone, the Z10, hits U.S. AT&T (NYSE:T[6]) stores on Friday. It is already available in 21 other countries[7].

Shares of BlackBerry rose more than 1% in Thursday midday trading.


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