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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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 12:07 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
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You've been told the next one will be better and will increase volumes? That is how iterations on a product work, and I think they've done that each time as evidenced by the volume pick up from Q412 - Q213.

I think a global market share statistic doesn't really speak to progress made in the near term given their skew I mentioned earlier. The regional stats are similarly misleading, but I think in this case there's enough regional markets doing well to be able to counterbalance that. At any rate, it wouldn't hurt to include both sets for perspective.

And it wouldn't be to please me, as I'm not the only one you're misleading, but you can do as you please. I'm just noting that many, many regions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America paint a different picture.

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