BlackBerry is urging mobile software developers to build native applications for its fledgling BlackBerry 10 operating system, warning that consumers aggressively dislike BB10 apps and games ported over from Google's rival Android platform.
Downloads from the four leading application storefronts--Apple's App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World and Microsoft's Windows Phone Store--climbed to a total of 13.4 billion worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, an 11 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2012, research firm Canalys reports.
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 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.
A month after releasing its BlackBerry 10 operating system overhaul, BlackBerry is issuing its first over-the-air update, promising a series of improvements requested by users.
BlackBerry continues expanding the developer ecosystem underpinning its new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, adding in-app purchase support to its WebWorks SDK.
With the release of its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, Research In Motion is adding a series of new software and multimedia features while also radically reshaping its corporate image: Moving forward, the device maker will operate under the BlackBerry brand, eliminating the RIM name.
With its updated BlackBerry 10 operating system slated to launch Jan. 30, Research In Motion unveiled the list of multimedia partners who will supply music, film and television content for its overhauled BlackBerry World storefront.
Consumers across the globe spent more than $8 billion on premium mobile application downloads in 2012, an increase of 27 percent compared to 2011 figures, according to new data from mobile market research firm research2guidance. At the same time, however, average revenues per paid app dropped from $26,720 in 2011 to $19,560.