I was reading an article on ZDnet by Larry Dignan where he got RIM on the record saying they now have more than 5,000 applications in the BlackBerry App World. I thought this was pretty impressive considering the fact that they only had 2,000 back in July of last year. Maybe the addition of themes into App World explains the difference but that is still a step in the right direction.
What really struck me was when I read an report on MobileCrunch over the weekend that Apple has banned over 5,000 previously approved applications from the iPhone App Store. These applications were all pulled because they contain questionable content like Wobble iBoobs. That means that in one fell swoop Apple has kicked out more applications from their App Store than RIM has in App World. The craziest part is that there is no alternative to the App Store since you cannot install apps from other websites or stores like you can on BlackBerrys.
This just makes me glad that RIM is not as draconian as Apple when it comes to a “Walled Garden” approach to smartphone platforms. RIM is still pretty annoying about approving and declining applications but they are saints compared to Apple.