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First anniversary for BlackBerry App World

First anniversary for BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry business phone manufacturer Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry App World is celebrating its first birthday today.

Initially only customers in the US, Canada and the UK could download apps directly to their BlackBerry smartphones from the online software market, but now over 46 nations around the world have been given access to the App World.

"The store now contains over 6,000 apps for consumers and businesses alike, including a growing number of Super Apps such as BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Poynt – these are the apps people really love and use every day, as they tightly integrate into the device's inbox, calendar, address book and other native apps," said RIM in a press release.

The launch of the App Store on the iPhone set a precedent that other manufacturers followed as quickly as possible in order to appeal to new smartphone customers.

RIM's App World has been joined by Nokia's Ovi Store and Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace, although it is Google's Android Market that is most frequently compared with Apple's original store.

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