BlackBerry App World boasts one billion downloads

BlackBerry App World boasts one billion downloads

Summary: It's not exactly 15 billion app downloads, but at this point, RIM should be very happy that the BlackBerry App World has achieved at least one billion.

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It's not exactly 15 billion app downloads, but at this point, Research In Motion should be very happy that the BlackBerry App World has achieved at least one billion.

Since the BlackBerry App World first opened its digital doors for business two years ago, the app store has expanded to over 100 countries. As the App World now averages about three million downloads per day, RIM has announced it recently crossed the one billion app download benchmark.

Sure, it's a bit lame when you compare it to Apple's recently announced record and the fact that the iTunes App Store is averaging a billion downloads a month these days. There are many things that could explain the disparity here, such as the iPad being hands-down more successful than the PlayBook, thus more consumers are going to buy more apps for that platform and device.

To further compare, Google revealed in April that the Android Market has seen over three billion app downloads, with the last billion being installed in the three months previous to the announcement.

Yet, although it's probably selling better than the BlackBerry App World these days, the Android Market is still a mess as its malware problem continues. At least Android users have that new user interface design to look forward to when that rolls out in the next few weeks.

Nevertheless, there are still plenty of BlackBerry users out there, and we could see an even bigger boost to download numbers once we see all of those new BlackBerry OS 7 handsets that RIM promised will be "worth the wait" during its last quarterly call for investors.

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Topics: Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility, BlackBerry

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  • Headline says one million, not one billion.

    Maybe you confused it with the one million customers they're losing per day :)
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: BlackBerry App World boasts one million downloads

    They regained the one milion customers in other countries outside the USApple.
    respighifan
  • RE: BlackBerry App World boasts one million downloads

    Apps, phones, tablets, etc., it all comes down to the benjamins. And Apple's going to be making more money than RIM, Google and Microsoft combined.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple starts to make more than 60% of the mobile industrie's profits.
    pjtmgt@...
    • They don't already?

      @pjtmgt@...
      I would have figured that if you included iPad sales, Apple already makes more than 60% of the world's profits. Add in iTunes music, video, and app sales, and I'm sure it is way over 60%.
      toddybottom
  • Errr

    1 billion apps to download? Whenever I look for something I don't see much of a choice. 3 million downloads a day isn't that impressive for the amount available either.
    Gis Bun