Celebrating BlackBerry App World at WES 2010

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There’s been a lot of buzz at WES this year coming out of the Solutions Showcase, as sponsors are highlighting amazing apps and showcasing their innovation in integrating those apps into the BlackBerry platform. One thing we’re hearing a lot of our sponsors tell people is “…and our app is available on BlackBerry App World.”

At WES 2010, RIM shared some significant numbers about BlackBerry® App World™ and I wanted to share them with you:

BlackBerry App World has been downloaded by over 20 million subscribers and is now available in 52 countries and six languages. There are over 6,500 quality applications in the storefront today, and those apps are generating an average of nearly one million application downloads per day – now that’s an impressive ratio. We have seen tremendous growth recently, and to me, this speaks to the overall popularity of BlackBerry App World and the opportunities ahead for developers. Of course we continue to push further ahead on multiple fronts. We are expanding into new regions and introducing new payment methods such as carrier billing and credit cards.  Stay tuned to the blog for future updates on these developments.

Also, in case you missed it earlier today, the Super Apps Developer Challenge was announced by the BlackBerry Partners Fund. This year’s challenge will be focused on “Super Apps” – which will showcase applications that feature intuitive integration and engage the user. The challenge is open to new and existing apps that are submitted to BlackBerry App World. More details on the challenge can be found here.

Thank you for your help in achieving these results! Have you had a BlackBerry App World success you’d like to share? Please comment!

About Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup is the Director for the Developer Relations program at Research In Motion (RIM), which is responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide. Mike and his team work with RIM’s developer community to provide support and guidance as developers work to integrate their applications to the BlackBerry platform. Mike joined RIM in 2001 as a Security Software Developer in RIM’s Wireless Security Group. As part of the Wireless Securty group, Mike contributed to the development of the BlackBerry Cryptography API, S/MIME and PGP implementations. Mike holds a Masters of Management Science and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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