Research In Motion reported their financial numbers for Q4 2012 at the end of March, and while the outlook was pretty grim in many areas, it wasn’t all bad news. BlackBerry AppWorld has seen tons of success with growth in many areas.
It’s no secret that the future of RIM is in question for many people, and it’s very easy to point out where the company is lacking and a long list of flaws. Instead of doing that we’ll focus on the positive and take a look at some numbers that they released early Tuesday morning.
BlackBerry App Milestones – Q4 2012
- 21% increase in BlackBerry smartphone apps
- 89% increase in BBM connected apps
- 240% increase in PlayBook submitted apps
The release of PlayBook OS 2.0, plus a genius promotion that allowed Android developers to receive a free PlayBook for porting their app to the BlackBerry, has proven to give RIM the kind of increase they were hoping. The strategy of appealing to developers is working, as you can see from the following numbers, and RIM is not slowing down.
BlackBerry Developer Milestones – Q4 2012
- 68% increase in AppWorld registered developers
- 42% increase in apps submitted to AppWorld by developers
- 137% increase in PlayBook apps submitted for sale in AppWorld
- 10,000 new registered developers after the aforementioned free PlayBook offer, with over 7,000 apps submitted (including yours truly)
So far we’ve got some pretty impressive numbers. Yes there are no where near as many apps in AppWorld as there are for iOS and Android, but RIM has big plans and isn’t going down without a fight.
BlackBerry apps by the numbers
- Over 70,000 apps in AppWorld
- Over 15,000 PlayBook apps
- Over 2 billion total apps downloaded
- 177 million apps downloaded every month
Drop me a comment below, or on Twitter, and let me know what you think of these numbers.