We’re excited to share with you stats demonstrating the BlackBerry platform’s successes in Q4 related to its BlackBerry applications and developer ecosystem. RIM will continue to report on the growing growing ecosystem moving forward.
There has been a clear commitment from BlackBerry to developers, with tools focused on usability and ease of development; increased involvement and contribution to open source; reinvigorated community event involvement over the last six months; new energy and leadership in Alec Saunders and Martyn Mallick; as well as the unprecedented seeding of a non-commercial testing device – the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device – at BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando this May.
BlackBerry App Milestones – Q4
21% increase in BlackBerry smartphone apps
89% increase in BBM connected apps
240% increase in PlayBook apps submitted to App World
BlackBerry Developer Milestones – Q4
68% increase in vendors registered on App World
42% increase in apps submitted to App World by developers
137% increase in PlayBook apps approved for sale
Built porting guides to allow WebOS and jQuery apps to be ported to PlayBook
Announced port of Qt to allow Nokia developers to target PlayBook and soon, BlackBerry 10
Launched BlackBerry Native SDK 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook
Prior to PlayBook OS 2.0 launch, incented 10,000 new developers to register as BlackBerry developers, with offer of a PlayBook in exchange for an app. Over 7,000 new apps submitted
“BlackBerry has made HUGE strides with the release of PlayBook OS 2. The fact that BlackBerry 10 will be based on this foundation makes me incredibly excited about what’s in store for the rest of 2012,” said Marco van Hylckama Vlieg. “I believe BlackBerry has all the crucial ingredients lined up for huge success with BlackBerry 10. All it takes now is to execute with laser precision. I’m excited to see BlackBerry 10 to become the new significant player in the mobile sphere.”
“What excites me most about the BlackBerry platform is the clear pursuit of web standards and their passion for open source. Combining the tools that developers love most with the security and stability of an enterprise platform is where the magic happens,” said Andrea Mutz-Mercier at Verizon.
“Over the past four months sales (and downloads) of apps on the PlayBook have really taken off. I am seeing monthly downloads that are five times higher than they were just last fall,” said Eric Harty at Ebscer.
“Most of our clients are now asking us about PlayBook, BlackBerry 10 and what opportunities are available there. There has been a noticeable uptick in the interest from our partners as the BlackBerry 10 platform comes closer and closer to market,” said Jeff Bacon at bitHeads.