RIM: 1 billion app downloads down, 14 billion to go to catch Apple

Beta version of the app store upgrade on the way

Research in Motion says  its two-year-old BlackBerry App World has crossed the 1 billion app download mark and that a beta version of the app store upgrade is on the way.

The news comes about a week after Apple crowed that its three-year-old App Store for iPhones and iPads had passed the 15 billion app download mark.  Apple crossed the 1.5 billion app download threshold about a year after the App Store opened but, of course, that was pre-iPad.

Google recently said its Android Market passed the 4.5 billion app download line.

BACKGROUND: How RIM is getting left behind

In a blog post, RIM says its BlackBerry App World is now seeing 3 million app downloads a day on average.  Those downloads come from both BlackBerry phones as well as the new PlayBook tablet computer.

The beta of BlackBerry App World 3.0 will start later this month and screenshots of it have started to leak out across the BlackBerry blogosphere. A minor update, Version, has already started to roll out.

Word of BlackBerry App World hitting the 1 billion app download milestone is a needed dose of good news for RIM, which has had a rough year that has included sliding earnings, product delays and mixed reviews for its PlayBook tablet.

Count Bob Brown among RIM’s customers. Follow his tweets at www.twitter.com/alphadoggs

Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsNetworkingblackberry app worldwirelesssmartphonessoftwareiPadBlackberryAppleconsumer electronicsGoogle

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Bob Brown

Network World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Deals on Good Gear Guide

Deals on Good Gear Guide


Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.


Latest Jobs


Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?