BlackBerry 10 launch: By the numbers

BlackBerry, previously known as Research In Motion (RIM), launched the new BlackBerry 10 platform this morning. Here are the numbers you need to know.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor

New York: BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins took to the stage at the BlackBerry 10 launch this morning to announce the company's new smartphone platform.

One of the key features to the new BlackBerry 10 platform is the range of applications that are available for the two debut devices, the Z10 and the Q10, a touchscreen and hardware keyboard-enabled device, respectively.

According to BlackBerry vice president of global alliances and business development Martyn Mallick, the BlackBerry World is now "the one-stop shop for BlackBerry apps, game, music, and video."

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Six cities where BlackBerry 10 launched, including London, Dubai, Paris, and Toronto, Canada, near where BlackBerry is based

  • Two portahons, which helped port 15,000 and 19,000 apps to the new platform at each event. "We have put together the largest catalogue of apps for a first-generation mobile platform," according to BlackBerry developer relations chief Alec Saunders

  • 650 carriers around the world are working with BlackBerry to bring the next-generation platform to the market

  • One brand, after the company changed its name from Research In Motion (RIM) to simply "BlackBerry"

  • Two personalities, as BlackBerry Balance allows users to switch between "work" mode and "personal" mode; particularly useful for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) customers

  • 70,000 applications available on BlackBerry 10, including Skype, SAP, and the usual social apps from Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare

  • 1,000 top applications from around the world are "committed" to BlackBerry 10

  • Three-year contract to buy the touch-only BlackBerry Z10 for $149 in Canada

  • 1,600 enterprises signed up for the BlackBerry 10 Readiness Program in the US.

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