BlackBerry World has passed the 100 000 mark in apps, after a rush by developers to bring new apps to the store, and specifically to the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.
BlackBerry today announced that BlackBerry 10 customers now have access to more than 100,000 applications fon the BlackBerry World storefront. More than 30 000 new applications have been brought to the platform over the past seven weeks.
The lack of availability in the new store of one of the most popular BlackBerry apps among South Africans, WhatsApp, has also been resolved. However, users need to upgrade to the latest version of BlackBerry 10 (10.0.10.82), available through the Software Updates section of their phone settings. Skype will also shortly be available on the platform.
Today, Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and The Wall Street Journal are available to BlackBerry 10 customers and in the coming weeks CNN, The Daily Show Headlines, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Soundhound and Viber will be available for download or purchase.
BlackBerry 10 customers already have access to leading apps and games, including 8tracks, Angry Birds Star Wars, ATP World Tour Live, BBC Top Gear News, Bloomberg Anywhere, CBS Sports, Delta Air Lines, F1 2013 Timing App CP, Facebook, Foursquare, Jetpack Joyride, Keek, LinkedIn, Navita Translator, Need for Speed, NHL GameCenter, N.O.V.A. 3, The New York Times, PressReader, Slacker, Songza, Twitter, UFC, USA TODAY, Waze, and Zara.
‚”The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding. Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing, now with more than 100,000 apps,‚” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances at BlackBerry. ‚”Top brands and application providers are joining us every day and are seeing the benefits of being early supporters of the new platform. We constantly hear from developers that the BlackBerry 10 tools are easy to build with and that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms.‚”
BlackBerry 10 applications leverage social, gamification, and integration frameworks that other platforms do not yet offer. Customers can e share applications with those in their social networks including BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Facebook, and Twitter. Applications can incorporate gaming features such as leader boards, badges, rewards and more using the Scoreloop tools, and BlackBerry 10 applications can tie to core OS integration points to allow developers to create compelling experiences to keep people moving and flow with BlackBerry 10 experience features.