BlackBerry has come out and commented on the fact that a single developer is responsible for almost 40% of the apps in BlackBerry World. They do have a good point that market forces can dictate if an app will be downloaded but that really is just a lame excuse. I personally have nothing against S4BB but I would rather BlackBerry World have a beautiful deck of top shelf titles that BlackBerry is working on instead of promoting bottom feeder useless apps. Here is what BlackBerry had to say about the S4BB apps:
“Developers in all app stores employ a number of different monetization tactics. BlackBerry World is an open market for developers and we let market forces dictate the success or failure of these tactics,” said BlackBerry spokesman Adam Emery. “Discoverability in overcrowded stores continues to be an issue affecting all developers. This is why we have worked hand in hand with developers on the Built for BlackBerry program to help showcase apps and games that exemplify the power of BlackBerry 10.”
That is a weak response. BlackBerry essentially is saying that overcrowding is an issue yet leaves it up to market forces to fix the problem. Maybe if they just put a filter in BlackBerry World to only show you apps that have been downloaded more than a certain number of times after being available for a certain number of months. What do you think BlackBerry should be doing? Maybe a recommendation system or simply showing you how many times an app has been downloaded like other app stores?
I am all about BlackBerry focusing on the 100 apps I want along with the 1000 tops apps most people request constantly. The question is what value the 120,000 app number has once you remove the S4BB, Mippin, and shoddy unoptimized android ports causing the overcrowding issue.