RIM VP says BlackBerry 10 will have (most of) the apps you want

RIM VP says BlackBerry 10 will have (most of) the apps you want
BlackBerry 10 is only a few weeks away, and we've been hearing a lot from a lot of sources. We've even heard that there is "strong" demand for the platform in Canada. Now, RIM's VP of Global Alliances and Business Development, Martyn Mallick is talking about what to expect from the app ecosystem, and the consensus seems to be that BlackBerry 10 will have (most of) the apps you want.

In speaking with The Verge, RIM's VP of Global Alliances and Business Development, Martyn Mallick said that BlackBerry 10 will have the apps it needs to be successful at launch. Although, going on in the interview, Mallick did temper that statement with the standard concession that we hear from new platforms, saying that "At the end of the day, you're not going to have every app." 

But, another RIM exec, Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations, gave the other half to that concession, saying that "Even if a particular app isn't there that the user would want, there will be other credible substitutes."

The idea of "credible substitutes" is the trouble though. In some cases, substitutes can be perfectly acceptable, but in some cases there is a need for official apps. We've seen this quite a bit with Windows Phone, where there are no official Google apps, so if you want to use a "credible substitute" for Google Reader, Google Voice, or Google Talk, you're going to have to agree to give your login credentials to an unproven source. In many cases, it works out okay, but for those who want the best security "credible substitutes" can be a shaky proposition. 

source: The Verge



1. Aeires unregistered

So their app store will be like the others, it will allow you to do what you need to do with your phone.

7. BB.Stole.App

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Did anyone here read that RIM invested with stolen apps? Apparently someone download the apps in Google aps store, and put it on RIM APK converter, and then put it on RIM apps market. They got $$$, and also a FREE BB10 prototype. I wonder how many apps that were really NOT stolen in BB apps world?

2. naptown2

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

well duh canada has a strong demand thats where they from

3. Ghostrider30 unregistered

Interested to know about the banking apps...anyone have thoughts on this? I am very excited for BB10, but I currently bank with a credit union, that is known only in my home state. Surprisingly there is an iOS app. Fingers are crossed BB may be supported to have an app for them as well. I think the credit union themselves would have to create it as it would not be something created by a third party developer. But I haven't any idea how that works!!

4. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

You are correct, Ghost Rider. The app needs to be developed by the Credit Union you bank with. There is very, very little chance BB10 will have that kind of support at launch. I use WP, and my Credit Union has an iPhone app and that is it. If they did branch out, it would certainly be for Android next, not WP. I do what every other non-Apple and non-Android user does: I use my browser to access the full web site. If you are considering BB10, then that will most likely be your solution for the foreseeable future.

9. BB.Stole.App

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

or RIM/BB could steal Credit Union apps that were made for android (if there's an android version)...

5. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It took WP well over 2 years to hit 100,000 apps. Be very interested to see what BB10 offers at launch. I would be truly impressed if they have managed to get app development for their product. Anything over 20,000 will have to be applauded, but the selection is way more important then the number.

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They claim 70000 at launch. A big, but feasible number, given that there's been more fervor regarding BB10 than their has Playbook, and it is compatible with existing playbook apps. Also the fact that RIM has made it very easy to bring over Android apps. Phone Arena just did a story actually about someone that just converted the APK to BAR files and publised them on App World and was profiting off another developer's work, that's how easy it is for some apps.

8. BB.Stole.App

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

I agree with you. I bet lots of the apps were stolen. I think the developer of the stolen apps need to SUE RIM for not doing the background check of the apps originality. OR MAYBE.... RIM knows that but accept it anyway to increase apps count.

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