RIM’s new Blackberry 10 seems to be riding in on a high note ahead of its launch next week as it clocked over 34,000 new apps ported onto BB10 during the Blackberry Port-A-Thon event. This means that the highly anticipated new OS will arrive with around 104,000 apps ready for action, making the smartphone quite smart indeed.
Does the number matter much though? Yes I think it does. While Android and iOS have far bigger numbers (passing the 700,000 mark), and Windows Phone has just reached 150,000 apps, the new Blackberry 10 isn’t that far behind the number three spot in terms of sheer volume of apps.
Furthermore, should the upcoming Blackberry 10 sales prove to be successful, particularly here in Indonesia which is RIM’s last stronghold of young users, then a lot more developers would see reason to port/develop apps for Blackberry 10.
Ahead of the launch, Blackberry is also revamping its Blackberry App World, starting from the webstore being renamed Blackberry World. The app will be updated later too. The store will soon be stocked with not only apps, but also music, TV shows, and movies just like Apple iTunes or Google Play. But it’s not clear if Indonesia will get all that new multi-media content to purchase, and so far Blackberry World says that the content will be limited in some regions. We’ve reached out to RIM for clarification on this.
The upcoming Blackberry 10 will be launched globally on January 30th, just eight days from now. The arrival date for Indonesia is still a bit vague as it will be delayed somewhat. Will Blackberry 10 be able to garner favorable reception from the public next week? And can it fend off the march of Android? Let’s wait and see.