RIM Boasts 3B App Downloads
Research In Motion (RIM) boasted in a Friday post on its official blog that customers tallied three billion downloads from BlackBerry App World.
The post goes on to note that downloads have been increasing over time. It took 786 days to reach the 1 billion mark, 210 days to reach 2 billion, and 176 days to reach the 3 billion number.
“I should also note that this number does not include apps downloaded from third party BlackBerry app stores, or those pushed internally at companies around the world, or those downloaded directly from the web,” a RIM spokesman identified as “Victoria B” wrote in the post.
RIM currently has 28,000 BlackBerry App World vendors and a catalog of over 90,000 applications now up for sale.
RIM has been fighting for its life recently amid recurring delays of devices based on its BlackBerry 10 operating system. The company recently pushed out launch of those devices from fall of 2012 to early 2013, exacerbating talk of a RIM’s impending demise.
Canadian news outlet The Globe and Mail on Friday published a rare Q&A with RIM CEO Thorsten Heins wherein the embattled executive commented on the delays.
Heins said he was “absolutely committed” to the current timeline of rolling out new BlackBerry 10 devices by early 2013.
“We need more time to integrate all the features we have built for BlackBerry 10…We decided to delay the launch of BlackBerry 10 to give us ample time to integrate software, test, and polish the final product,” Heins said.