Earlier this week, BlackBerry chief executive officer Thorsten Heins suggested that the company’s next-gen mobile platform, BlackBerry 10, could reach 100,000 apps by the time it launched in the US.
Today, that milestone has been officially reached. This means that developers have launched more than 70,000 apps on BB10 during the past seven weeks.
Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and The Wall Street Journal are newly available to BlackBerry 10 customers, the Waterloo-based company says, and in the coming weeks CNN, eBay, MTV News, Rdio, and Skype will be available for download.
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“The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding,” says Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances at BlackBerry. “Top brands and application providers are joining us every day and are seeing the benefits of being early supporters of the new platform. We constantly hear from developers that the BlackBerry 10 tools are easy to build with and that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms.”
“It now appears that the already impressive levels of developer support for the BlackBerry 10 platform are accelerating into the launch window for the BlackBerry Z10. The prospect of a very robust app catalog can only bolster momentum for the product and the platform itself,” affirmed John Jackson of IDC recently.
“The ability to attract and sustain developer support is like lifeblood for any mobile platform, and it’s not something that simply happens. This progress is a testament to BlackBerry’s early and innovative engagement with developers worldwide and the innovative architecture of the platform itself,” he added.