Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that its BlackBerry App World has hit the 10,000 apps milestone.
The Canadian smartphone maker tweeted last night to confirm that the store was now “10,000 apps strong and growing”.
While this is certainly an impressive feat, it still pales in comparison to the number of apps available on Apple’s App Store, with over 250,000 apps and counting, or the 100,000 apps amassed by Google’s Android Market in just two years since its inception.
BlackBerry is currently the market leader in the US and second only to Nokia globally. However, it has quite a bit of ground to make up in terms of both the quantity and quality of apps it currently offers compared to competitors’ platforms.
The smartphone market is quickly shifting focus from hardware to software and the availability of quality apps is often the deciding factor in many buyers’ purchase decisions.
RIM has come under criticism for lagging behind Apple and Google in this area and will hope to address the situation in its BlackBerry Developer Conference later this month
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