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RIM Shares BlackBerry Development Community Milestones for Q4

BlackBerry Loads of Apps

It is no secret that RIM has made some drastic changes in how it courts third party developers and their efforts to bring them to the BlackBerry platform are starting to pay off. RIM has shared some milestones with us for the BlackBerry developer ecosystem. You can clearly see from here that these are metrics that they use to measure the success of their efforts. RIM clarifies their commitment to BlackBerry developers:

“with tools focused on usability and ease of development; increased involvement and contribution to open source; reinvigorated community event involvement over the last six months; new energy and leadership in Alec Saunders and Martyn Mallick; as well as the unprecedented seeding of a non-commercial testing device – the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device – at BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando this May.”

Their milestones for Q4 include

BlackBerry App Milestones – Q4

  • 21% increase in BlackBerry smartphone apps
  • 89% increase in BBM connected apps
  • 240% increase in PlayBook apps submitted to App World

BlackBerry Developer Milestones – Q4

  • 68% increase in vendors registered on App World
  • 42% increase in apps submitted to App World by developers
  • 137% increase in PlayBook apps approved for sale
  • Built porting guides to allow WebOS and jQuery apps to be ported to PlayBook
  • Announced port of Qt to allow Nokia developers to target PlayBook and soon, BlackBerry 10
  • Launched BlackBerry Native SDK 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook
  • Prior to PlayBook OS 2.0 launch, incented 10,000 new developers to register as BlackBerry developers, with offer of a PlayBook in exchange for an app. Over 7,000 new apps submitted
  • Since its launch 10 weeks ago, the BlackBerry Developer Success Story page has added more than 20 stories with more to come soon

BlackBerry Apps –By the Numbers

  • More than 70,000 apps in App World
  • More than 15,000 PlayBook apps
  • More than 2 billion total apps downloaded
  • 177 million apps downloaded per month
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  1. This seems like good news, it’s hard to tell since percentages are a little tricky, seeling 3 apps as opposed to 1 is a 200% increase.

    However the numbers sound good, I’d really like to be able to see more of these apps in an easier fashion, 7000 new apps in response to the PB offer but I find it hard to fine them.

    I don’t have time to look through the new apps every hour. I spend too much time reading all the posts on Berry Review 🙂

    Seriously though I think they should have top 100 apps and top 100 games as opposed to top 25.

  2. Last announcement (OS 2.0) said they where waiting to approve 6500… so now it’s 7000? A 500 app increase? or is this another 7000?

  3. Does anyone know the ratio of paid apps to free apps in App World? Also, the number of paid apps downloaded per day?

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