Only 20% of BlackBerry 10 apps are Android-based
BlackBerry announced that in the last seven weeks alone 30 000 applications have been added to its BlackBerry World market catalog. That triggered speculation that such a fast growth is a lot due to ported Android apps, and Mallick’s explanations come just in time to clarify that.
This definitely shows that BlackBerry is indeed enjoying developers’ support. Windows Phone in comparison, a platform launched more than two years ago, has around 130,000 apps, and that means that the app gap with BlackBerry is closing quickly.
Still, it’s hard to judge the quality of the marketplaces by sheer numbers. Windows Phone has managed to cover a lot of the essentials, and BlackBerry for instance is still lacking a Netflix app for example. Instagram is not available on both platforms.
The near future is of paramount importance as with Android and iOS increasingly popular, there is little place - if at all - for a third competitor. But BlackBerry is optimistic:
"We have a high level of confidence we will continue to see more of the application partners come on board," Mallick said.
2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
striving to survive, you have to report stuff like that. will it work?
3. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
This sounds much better.
Running Android apps under an emulator cant be a good thing on BB10.
4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
BlackBerry World is missing many famous games and apps. They will never beat Google Play and Marketplace.
5. Aeires (unregistered)
They don't need to. Why do so many people think you have to be #1 in order to stay open as a business? BB's strength is in enterprise, games aren't their target audience. Over time they will move in that direction but they don't need to have the most games to thrive as a phone manufacturer. Everyone I know that uses a BB didn't buy their phone because of a total app count that was available, they bought them because of the BB services.
8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
At least they need to add some famous games on BB World, at least they add Asphalt 7, Bad Piggies, Jetpack Joyride etc. It is not hard to do that right?
11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Oops my mistake, Asphalt 7 is already in BB World, sorry about that.
12. Aeires (unregistered)
It's up to the developers and what offers BB is giving to them as incentives to write apps for the platform. Hopefully for BB the developers will start to see the OS as a place to make money from so more will start working on BB apps.
16. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
huh? what are you saying dude?! jetpack joyride and asphalt 7 is already in the BBworld yeah they may not be able to beat google play but they can beat marketplace.. they just arrived in the battlefield of os and BB10 made a good job with that growth in just a few months?! while a big microsoft is having a hard time and marketplace have over priced apps i know it because i have one
17. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Sorry about that, my bad! I didn't know jetpack joyride and asphalt 7 is already in BBworld.
33. eharris560 (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
all the app in the windows store are made for WP. MS does it the way it should to done. I can not see how BB wins this one.
30. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
They have jet pack joyride and Nova 7 and more cool games coming
9. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
well said Aeires, but their lack of vision to reach consumers on entertainment level and keep up with today's tech was the big fall they had a couple of years ago.
To this day I can't believe that BlackBerry Messenger still lacks video chatting. A feature that might not be the most used but definitely one of the most wanted in a new smartphone. Before the Z10 there was no front facing camera, no dual core processor.
Their non enterprise services has been replaced by whatsapp, viber, gtalk, facetime, and the likes... and they still struggle to bring innovation to the table
13. Aeires (unregistered)
It is hard to believe they don't offer video chatting now that the enterprise world has moved in that direction. I've always respected BB for what they've brought to the table but they did get complacent and lose some vision on what needed to change and grow. Hopefully they had their wake up call and we can start to see even better things than what the z10 is offering.
I see BB closing their doors as much as I see them being the top OEM, neither is likely to happen in today's mobile community. Android, iOS, and maybe even WP will be difficult to compete with. They have a long way to go in order to get back to where they used to be but things do look to be improving with their new changes.
19. Superbuddy (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
If you're going to talk about Blackberry, at least know what you're talking about. Blackberry Messenger does have video chatting in BB10. Also, there is a native whatsapp app that dropped a few weeks ago.
23. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Well... right about time isn't it?... like 2 years late... I had lots of BB before jumping to Android... and in my country I used to preach about BB a lot... but people realized that their tech was getting outdated real fast...
In technology, specially smartphones, being 2 years late with some features is a Suicide
21. jonneyh (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)
You have no idea about the platform yet you speculate lies. There is BBM video with screen share and a whole lot of features. All those games the other dude mentioned are there. Read before you make your statements. Ignorance makes you look dumb m8
22. Superbuddy (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
Yes, thank you. On a side note...Getting my cocaine white Z10 tomorrow on Verizon. Booya.
24. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Im sorry for not being up to date with the BB Z10 news... blame it on them, since they are 2 years late with todays basic features...
I was a BB fan, and even gave lessons and small conferences for people... (of course way before BB 10) but they lost their way, and the Z10 will not resurrect them here...
26. Superbuddy (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
Blackberry has new management and a new platform. People who wanted more from Blackberry on previous versions of BBOS will see that BB10 has what the competition has. Once you're a Berry fan, you'll always have that feeling for one, lol.
27. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I had that feeling... but I did not wanted to be 2 years outdated... specially when I like squeezing all the features out of my smartphones.... So I jumped to Android... and never looked back...
Blackberry might have new management, new features, might have caught up... But they pissed on older owners... they ended support for them... They expect you to gain your trust after many fails... and they might have the tools to succeed now... but it will be really hard to convince people...
Hey, if BB works for you great... enjoy it... But even in the new form and OS, it seems awkward and lackluster...
Not for me anymore, thanks
28. Superbuddy (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
Blackberry OS5 and OS7 are still supported. Still lacking on your information, brah.
But yes, we all have our devices that we like. I prefer Blackberry although I am open to admit its flaws. Apps and marketing are definitely areas to improve.
34. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
I think their target shifted long back to "games" crowd once they started advertising "I am a BB Boy, I Am a BB Girl" on TV. But they are losing that crowd fast i guess and they have to win back corporate clients. However, with their crippling MAIL handling (unless you go through expensive BES + MS Exchange setup) and options available even that looks bleak. Which normal joe would want to do a BCC to oneself of all outgoing mails in order to have sent mails accessible from other locations/devices?
There's was a time when BB was considered a status symbol amongst corporates ... not much now and once momentum is lost, to get over the iniertia it is pretty uphill task.
6. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Blackberry sucks. Close your doors thorsten you idiot!
10. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Surely it does and I agree+1 to you!
7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
When to CarPhoneWareHouse and after my admittedly an hour of evaluation on this device, most of the Apps (at least 40%) are minimised rewrites, not fully featured equivalents off the Apps available on other platforms. Obviously they will be matured over time! Till then I found it does lag and stutters here and there, especially in browsing. Looks like those CPU needs to be overclocked to preform like other high end handsets! The set is overpriced and performs on a midranger device. Well it's really nice that you could also run Android apps with terminal emulator: just like the NOKIA N9!
Till then give it time like WP8 are in the same boat as them. Surely in the coming months it will progress!
20. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
"Windows Phone in comparison, a platform launched more than two years ago, has around 130,000 apps, and that means that the app gap with BlackBerry is closing quickly."
this statement in this article is so wrong i'm not surprised this article is on phonearena. WP7 came out over 2 years ago, not the same OS as WP8, doesnt even use the same kernel. BB10 is just now getting 100k apps when WP8 launched with 125k apps and is now at around 150k apps http://crave.cnet.co.uk/softwa
re/windows-phone-store-hits-150000-apps-doubled-in-last-year-50010072/something you reported wrong again with your 130k apps statement. but BB10 is closing the gap? more fanboy journalism. WP7 is comparable to BB7 like BB10 is comparable to WP8. dont be a bad author and try to lump wp7 together with wp8 but not do it for bb7 and bb10.
P.S. yes, i like to come on here and call out these horrible authors.
25. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
stop inventing stories your not good at it.. WP8 is not a different os its the same os WP7 is more of like a gingerbread and WP8 is ICS all WP8 phones can use WP7 apps but WP7 cant use a WP8 apps BB7 is different from BB10 BB7 for BB7 apps are not optimized to work on BB10 devices see the point? of course it is expected to have different kernels after all they WP8 comes from different manufacturers. yes WP is 2yrs or more they made it to around 140-150k of apps but BB10 just arrived and they made an impressive growth in apps department
29. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
inventing stories? haha.
you just proved my point when you said "BB7 is different from BB10 BB7 for BB7 apps are not optimized to work on BB10 devices" sound like wp7 doesnt it?
oh and this is taken from wiki "On October 29, 2012, Microsoft released Windows Phone 8, a new generation of the operating system. Windows Phone 8 replaces its previously Windows CE-based architecture with one based on the Windows NT kernel with many components shared with Windows 8, allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms."
so yes different OS's.
36. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
WTF LOL!! yeah believe what you want to believe its not different os NEW GENERATION is DIFFERENT TO NEW OS when you said new os you start from the scratch different kernel doesn't mean different os you NOPE it doesnt sound like it for when you use a BB7 apps in BB10 its completely unusable in WP case apps made for WP7 CAN BE USED BY WP8 devices but you are highlighting an article that you cant even understand
31. icyrock1 (Posts: 305; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Good to hear, but the question is; which ones are the Android ports?
32. eharris560 (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
When you in a supermarket shopping for hamburger meat. Do buy the meat that's label 100% ground chuck or the one that says 80% ground chuck and 20% filler. WP phone has no filler. Ever app in it store was built for WP. Any number that BB says they have subtract 20% and you will have the real number. So my point is WP wins by default because all their app are WP apps.
35. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Did not make much sense .. because NUMBERS don't matter. Who has time to go through 1 trillion apps with 80% of them being crap.