BlackBerry App World passes 3 billion download milestone

RIM's flailing smartphone platform hits new 3 billion app downloads marker

Having fallen behind Apple and Google's iOS and Android platforms and being surpassed by Windows Phone, BlackBerry has hit a new app milestone

Despite suffering from diminished handset sales, Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has revealed that its BlackBerry App World service has surpassed the 3 billion app downloads milestone.

Having already been surpassed by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS in terms of number of available apps, the BlackBerry App World has hit the latest milestone figure despite falling far behind the more than 20 billion iOS and Android apps to have been shifted to date.

“BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook users around the world have downloaded over three billion apps since BlackBerry App World launched,” an BlackBerry spokesperson announced via the company’s official developer’s blog.

With some 28,000 developers having created applications for the BlackBerry App World platform to date, parent company Research in Motion has revealed the service now plays host to more than 90,000 different apps.

“Three billion app downloads averages out to over 2.5 million downloads each day,” the BlackBerry blog post added. “What’s even more important – and impressive – is that the number of daily downloads continues to increase.

“It took 786 days to reach the one billion mark, 210 days to reach two billion, and only 176 days to reach the three billion number.”

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