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Skype tips up for Blackberry 10 as it hits 100,000 apps

Amazon Kindle and Wall Street Journal apps available from today
Thu Mar 21 2013, 14:09
BlackBerry Z10

CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry revealed on Thursday that its Blackberry 10 mobile operating system is already home to 100,000 apps, with more big name apps on the way.

Blackberry boasted that its Blackberry 10 mobile operating system has notched up over 30,000 new games and apps over the last seven weeks, bringing the grand total of apps in its Blackberry World store to 100,000. It's still a long way from catching up with the iOS and Android apps stores, but this not bad progress for a new mobile operating system.

To mark the milestone, Blackberry has revealed tha Skype, eBay, and Viber will be available to download on the Blackberry Z10 "in the coming weeks", with Amazon Kindle and Wall Street Journal apps available from today.

"The response to the Blackberry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding. Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing, now with more than 100,000 apps," said Martyn Mallick, VP of Global Alliances at Blackberry.

"Top brands and application providers are joining us every day and are seeing the benefits of being early supporters of the new platform. We constantly hear from developers that the Blackberry 10 tools are easy to build with and that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms."

John Jackson, an analyst at IDC said that Blackberry 10's 100,000 apps milestone marks a great start for the operating system, despite rumours that the firm has been struggling to shift Blackberry Z10 handsets.

He said, "The ability to attract and sustain developer support is like lifeblood for any mobile platform, and it's not something that simply happens. This progress is a testament to Blackberry's early and innovative engagement with developers worldwide and the innovative architecture of the platform itself."

In other Blackberry releated news, the Qwerty keyboard toting Blackberry Q10 smartphone went up for preorder in the UK today at £530, ahead of its release on 26 April. µ

 

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