Just in time for the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season, BlackBerry is rolling out the popular MLB.com At Bat application to its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Separately, BlackBerry is also updating its Facebook and Twitter social networking apps.
BlackBerry reported that in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ran until March 2, it sold 1 million units of its new flagship Z10 smartphone, the first to run its BlackBerry 10 platform. However, in a troubling sign for the company, it also said that its subscriber base fell to 76 million, down from 79 million at the end of the previous quarter and 80 million the quarter before that.
Roughly 20 percent of the 100,000 applications available for the fledgling BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system are ports of apps originally developed for Google's rival Android, BlackBerry Vice President for Global Alliances and Business Development Martyn Mallick told All Things D .
The BlackBerry World digital storefront continues building out its television programming catalog, announcing new content licensing agreements with Viacom, Univision Communications and PBS.
BlackBerry announced with much fanfare earlier this month that an unnamed, "established" partner placed an order for 1 million BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the company's largest single order ever. Though the company has declined to name the purchaser, it is wireless device distributor Brightstar, according to an AllThingsD report.
Sales of BlackBerry's flagship Z10 smartphone got off to a relatively slow start over the weekend at AT&T Mobility stores, according to analysts and media reports, but Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA will also start selling the phone by the end of the month.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins contends rival smartphone manufacturer Samsung Electronics will never be able to offer users top-grade mobile device security because of the open-source foundations of the Android mobile operating system.
BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone, running on its new BlackBerry 10 platform, makes its debut today in the U.S. market in what could either be a renaissance for the company or a last gasp attempt to plot a comeback amid declining market share.
BlackBerry said there are now more than 100,000 applications available for devices running its new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, an increase of 30,000 since the platform launched seven weeks ago.
BlackBerry denied reports that its new BlackBerry 10 platform has failed to meet security requirements for the British government. The company said that it is working with the UK government to get the new platform fully certified.