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A third of all Blackberry apps come from one developer

Raises questions about developer interest in Blackberry 10
Thu Aug 22 2013, 10:33
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ONE THIRD of the apps in Blackberry's app store come from just one developer, casting doubts on developer interest in the firm's Blackberry 10 mobile operating system.

That's according to a report from Berry Review, which has revealed that over 47,000 apps in Blackberry World come from a lone developer named S4BB, roughly a third of the apps available for the Blackberry 10 mobile operating system.

The report also noted that most of these applications are essentially spam, with S4BB pushing out titles such as "Easy Smiley Pack" and "S4BB Camera for Facebook Free".

With one developer flooding Blackberry World with so many spam apps, it raises some questions about the quality of apps available for Blackberry smartphones, with it long having been thought that just Android had such low quality apps.

It also raises some questions about the legitimacy of some Blackberry statements. In May, Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins boasted that Blackberry 10 had over 120,000 apps as indicating booming developer interest in its latest mobile operating system. However, one developer having created a third of these apps seems to suggest that there aren't many out there supporting Blackberry 10.

Blackberry managed to comment on the report while avoiding any mention of it. A spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "Developers in all app stores employ a number of different monetization tactics. Blackberry World is an open market for developers and we let market forces dictate the success or failure of these tactics. Discoverability in overcrowded stores continues to be an issue affecting all developers.

"This is why we have worked hand in hand with developers on the Built for BlackBerry [programme] to help showcase apps and games that exemplify the power of BlackBerry 10." µ


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