Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 22:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

"BlackBerry has a thriving ecosystem with BlackBerry 10." That's what CEO Thorsten Heins said this May at a developer conference before revealing that users had a choice of 120,000 apps from its still-young app market, BlackBerry World. The problem is that over a third of those apps come from a single developer. Yes, a Hong Kong-based company called S4BB has published just under 47,000 apps to BlackBerry World since launch. That's not a good sign of a "thriving ecosystem."

This is what happens when the technology press lets itself be dictated by companies. The companies were the ones who started touting quantity over quality when it comes to mobile application stores, and the press played right into their hands. In a statement to The Verge, BlackBerry confirms the issue, but states that it's not actually an issue at all. Of course they say that. They want to keep touting that number.

Companies wanted this to be a numbers game, and now it is. Go into any mobile application store, and 99.9% of the applications in it are crap. Comparing numbers reveals nothing. It never has, and never will.

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Utterly Devoid of Logic
by jared_wilkes on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 02:58 UTC
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The argument that BlackBerry is victim to the desire to make number of apps a significant indicator, or at least a PR tagline, is utterly devoid of logic.

The whole idea of "the companies" is such a blatant red herring, that claiming so makes your whole argument fall apart. We know you really mean APPLE. But, of course, Apple had as many apps as BB has now five years ago. Is a 1/3 of Apple's App Store from one developer? Was that ever the case? At any point in time? They were the first and the loudest, trumpeting the metric for the longest time... Shouldn't they be the worst affected? How about Google Play? They quickly followed on the numbers game... No? Windows? They've been the most aggressive in paying and enticing developers to boost numbers... No?

So what makes BB the sole victim of what "these companies" intended?

Is it that BlackBerry is the victim of some intent of "the companies" that has been parroted and perpetuated by the media? Or is the simple reality that they've only attracted a few thousand developers; one of them is extremely, prolificly spammy enough to produce the lion's share of apps; and they don't have the balls to kick him out? (Also, remember in the first two years when Apple did kick out the apps from Indian developers who were just doing what this developer does? Yeah, evil... Or not so much.)

Edited 2013-08-23 03:05 UTC

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