RIM Sprouts BlackBerry Apps

2:15 PM -- There's a bright spot in BlackBerry 's bleak mobile picture -- actually 6 million of them, according to RIM's very own myth-buster, VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders.

Speaking at RIM's DevCon Europe conference Tuesday (there's a video of it here), Saunders said that BlackBerry App World generates 6 million daily app downloads, or 174 million per month, or 30 per user per year, depending on how you want to slice it.

To put it in another light, Saunders said App World now has more than 43 percent more daily downloads than the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) App Store. And, with 13 percent of developers earning revenues upwards of $100,000, it also has more premium downloads than Android Market.

Now, that may be more a reflection of troubles monetizing Android's sea of apps of varying degrees of quality, but it's still pretty solid -- and surprising -- progress for RIM. The company still has a long road ahead of it to court wireless operators, consumers and the enterprise with the long-awaited BlackBerry 10, but at least it has a compelling developer story going.

Read up on why apps aren't enough below: — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:43:12 PM
re: RIM Sprouts BlackBerry Apps

Definitely not sensible - it's 30 per user per year. Sorry for the typo - fixed now! RIM is doing well with apps, but not that well.

[email protected] 12/5/2012 | 5:43:12 PM
re: RIM Sprouts BlackBerry Apps

Am I misreading this but does it sound sensible that the average user is downloading 30 apps per day? i assume it is per year?

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