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Heins: Size doesn't matter, of app stores that is

0. phoneArena posted on 18 Nov 2012, 15:13

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins will launch BlackBerry 10 early next year with a major marketing handicap; the number of apps available in the BlackBerry App World pales compared next to the number available for iOS and Android users...

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posted on 18 Nov 2012, 22:45

28. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

I think its very valid to say. We have been focused on the overall size of an app store but we miss the important notion needed to figure out which ones are the good ones that we will actually use. He says they will focus on the top 200 to 400 apps in each region. That makes sense because it brings whats important. All that means is there is no need tro trumpet that they have 800,000 apps available for download. The number is pointless but the quality and content is not.

So yes, i would be very happy if the apps I have access to brings me everything I could want, 400 apps or less, because I do not know anyone who even has 400 apps on their device. And that apps we really need, I bet is a much much smaller number.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 00:10

29. Jurdiales (Posts: 133; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

Quality, not Quantity, it could be much better if he said in that way...

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 00:47

31. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

yeah...but it sounds the same anyway!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 00:41

30. onethreealpha (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

And no mention whatsoever if the BB10 app porting marathon run this weekend?
As for quantity, I wouldn't call a web link or an e-book an app but there's your proof of trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator....
I'll take a few good ones over a lot of rubbish any day.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 03:05

32. kamen (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

Trouble with BB is not size but quality as well. Not infrequent are cases when companies stop to develop for BB.

Additionally, right now fresh new apps in BB store are made through batch-porting of Android apps which end up not even working - I have one not so popular Android app (it was ~5K downloads at that time) and it was ported by one particular company for free.

And I doubt this porting was not pushed by BB themselves - so obviously they tried quantity versus quality. And now when even that did not work, they trow dust in the eyes with Quality-phrases.

I really feel sorry for them.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 17:12

34. lborsato (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

It isn't necessarily the quality or the quantity. It's really the next big app - the next Instagram or Pinterest - that isn't available on the BlackBerry. Existing users will be frustrated, and potential new users will be scared away.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 00:23

39. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

molome is a good instagram-like! and its been available to both blackberry and symbian before android!

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