BlackBerry App World records 3 billion downloads
Amid its recent woes, BlackBerry at least could have something to cheer about this week: the number of apps downloaded from its App World store has breached the three-billion mark.
The milestone was recorded on its developer blog post Saturday - at a time BlackBerry is falling behind Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and even Microsoft's Windows Phone.
"BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook users around the world have downloaded over three billion apps since BlackBerry App World launched! Three billion app downloads averages out to over 2.5 million downloads each day. What’s even more important – and impressive – is that the number of daily downloads continues to increase," said "Victoria B" on the blog.
She added it took 786 days to reach the one billion mark, 210 days to reach two billion, and only 176 days to reach the three billion number.
Victoria B said this does not include apps downloaded from third-party BlackBerry app stores, or those pushed internally at companies or those downloaded directly from the web.
She noted there are now over 28,000 BlackBerry App World vendors, adding BlackBerry App World has continued to grow steadily with more than 90,000 apps now up for sale.
A separate article on tech site T3 noted BlackBerry has been suffering from diminished handset sales, and had already been surpassed by Windows Phone 7 in terms of the number of available apps.
T3 added iOS and Android have far more apps, numbering more than 20 billion to date. — ELR, GMA News
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