Formally unveiled back on January 30, the BlackBerry 10 platform launched with 70,000 fully optimised applications in tow. Building on this strong foundation, the former handset giant has today revealed that more than 30,000 additional apps have been added in the past seven weeks.
Kicking off with the likes of Angry Birds, BBC News and the F1 2013 Timing App, the BB10 providing BlackBerry World application outlet has added a raft of recognisable titles, with the likes of Instagram confirmed to join the party in the coming weeks.
“The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding,” Martyn Mallick, Vice President of Global Alliances at BlackBerry said. Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing, now with more than 100,000 apps.”
He added: “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.”
With BlackBerry looking to overcome the issues that affected Microsoft’s Windows Phone launch and attract high-profile developers and applications, the Canadian company has revealed that a Skype BlackBerry 10 app is currently in the works alongside other big name draws such as CNN, Maxim, eBay and Rdio.
With the BlackBerry Z10 US release date to see the first BB10 handset hit American shores tomorrow, March 22, Mallick’s comments have been echoed by further BlackBerry spokespeople keen to stress the platform’s strong start to life.
“It now appears that the already impressive levels of developer support for the BlackBerry 10 platform are accelerating into the launch window for the BlackBerry Z10.” John Jackson, Research Vice President of Mobile and Connected Platforms at IDC said. “The prospect of a very robust app catalog can only bolster momentum for the product and the platform itself.”
He added: “The ability to attract and sustain developer support is like lifeblood for any mobile platform, and it's not something that simply happens. This progress is a testament to BlackBerry's early and innovative engagement with developers worldwide and the innovative architecture of the platform itself.”