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.
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