RIM’s BlackBerry App World Tops Three Billion Downloads

Published on July 8, 2012
by John Paczkowski

Some good news for Research In Motion amid the unceasing torrent of bad. BlackBerry App World, the company’s answer to Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google Play, has reached a milestone worth celebrating: It has served up three billion downloads since its debut in 2009 — a billion of those in the last six months alone.

Now, that’s nowhere near the number of downloads claimed by RIM’s rivals — the iTunes App store passed 25 billion earlier this year. And RIM tells me the number does include theme and wallpaper apps, along with productivity apps, games and the like. But it’s a decent enough metric, given the company’s late arrival to the smartphone apps party and its struggles of late.

Two-and-a-half-million downloads per day may pale in comparison to the download numbers Apple and Google are racking up, but it’s likely more than you’d expect.

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