Research in Motion has confirmed that it has hit the 99,500 app mark in its BlackBerry OS and PlayBook App World stores.
Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations for RIM, took the stage at BlackBerry World 2012 in Orlando to shatter some of the myths surrounding the business and applications on BlackBerry devices.
Saunders mentioned rumors suggesting developers were leaving the BlackBerry platform, but apparently not, as he reported that the number of vendors in App World at the end of 2011 was up 254% from the year ago. former.
This 254% increase makes the BlackBerry app provider community the fastest growing in the mobile world in terms of the ratio of new to existing apps.
Unsurprisingly, this massive influx of vendors has resulted in an increase in the number of apps, with BlackBerry App World now having 99,500 apps in its BB OS and PlayBook stores, a 226% year-over-year increase.
BlackBerry still has a way to go to compete with Apple’s App Store and Google Play, which each host more than 400,000 apps – but RIM is fighting that with a whole range of new tools for developers to build. easily applications for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform.