More on Research In Motion: The company promises there will be over 70K BB10 apps at launch time...

More on Research In Motion: The company promises there will be over 70K BB10 apps at launch time - that's still a small fraction of iOS and Android's 700K+ apps, but probably better than some have feared. To attract developers, RIM (RIMM -2.2%) has been promising $10K payouts to the ones who produce $1K+ in sales. However, some top developers, such as WhatsApp, have indicated they don't plan to support BB10.

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  • Navid B.
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    Just to clarify, WhatApp has said that they don't have any plans to support BB10 "at the moment". More than likely, they are awaiting to see the market reception of the new platform before they commit resources to it.
    18 Dec 2012, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • fatt
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    I still don't understand, why there are so many so called financial analysts or IT analysts like to attache RIM, I guest Apple may give them big reward.
    18 Dec 2012, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • Tim Bee
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    Keep in mind, the 700,000 apps in the App Store contains 400,000 that have never been downloaded once. Then there are 1,900 flashlight apps.
    When you consider that, app count really doesn't mean that much in and of itself.
    Get as many of the top 2,000 apps and you will be doing well.
    18 Dec 2012, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • jcard2015
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    I bought yes bought 5 football apps , they all sucked and I deleted.
    I bought 6 different calculators on ipad and they all sucked.
    BB10 will have a great calculator
    18 Dec 2012, 03:11 PM Reply Like
  • fatt
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    Good answer, 700K refuse app. are equal to zero.
    18 Dec 2012, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • kherman
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    And 100+ solataire apps


    The nice thing about rimm is that they said they don't want 100 flashlight apps. They want one good one.


    Maybe they even made their own one
    18 Dec 2012, 06:10 PM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    there's a niche opportunity for people paying vig to the original shop and porting popular apps across platforms.
    18 Dec 2012, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • Crumb's Observer
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    WhatsApp will be redundant with the bb10 hub which centralizes all your email + social messages. This means that people will start using facebook, twitter and linkedin messaging more because all the messages will be conviniently pooled into one place and thus will prove the scale and ubiquity missing when they are all separate apps. Also, these particular networks have additional unique data available in the hub. WhatsApp and Kik are finished.
    18 Dec 2012, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • celebritydave
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    the app count thing is a joke. 700,000 apps? so what. how many of them are quality?


    how many apps to people use regularly? i think i use 5 apps that didnt come with my phone everyday. one being whatsapp..


    anyway, the bb10 platform looks pretty good. i will definitely be looking at it next upgrade cycle for the company (a whopping 10 phones!)


    the leaked hardware pics look pretty sexy too.


    18 Dec 2012, 06:10 PM Reply Like
  • pip_rookie
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    I have BB Bold and will upgrade to bb10. When it comes to email and bbm no one is better than bb.
    18 Dec 2012, 06:12 PM Reply Like
  • brandon_123
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    me and my entire family and freinds are all updgrading to bb10. the only reason we almost went to iphone or samsung is becasue the screen was too small and their was not touch screen model. well now its coming and we are all getting it. no way i can let go of my blackberry and the bbm!!!!
    18 Dec 2012, 09:31 PM Reply Like
  • cjmjr
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    Comments are 11 pro Rimm. None pro article. Should tell you something!
    19 Dec 2012, 08:17 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    The thing that RIM was NOT doing before it got beat up so badly and is currently doing now is providing much better software tools to app developers and working very hard to make app migration relatively easy from one platform to another.


    RIM is attempting to negate the 'app quantity' advantage but it will be hard to overcome if the most critical app makers don't participate; say Google, or Microsoft with Skype/Skydrive.


    Another way RIM is attempting to negate the app issue is by making its devices browser perform on par with desktop equivalents, arguably a weakness is some platforms.


    And it the meantime its maintaining its security focus, was first out the door to focus on the camera's potential as a diversifier (followed, and very likely usurped, by Apple and Nokia), expanded its BBM to do VOIP among other things, and is simply adding unique features pretty steadily.


    My concern, and the reason I don't hold shares, is that I don't think RIM's momentum and marketshare will ever seriously challenge google/Apple, and I suspect that Nokia has more room for growth than RIM.


    That said, I am diehard Blackberry fan and will be buying BB10 devices as soon as they hit market.
    19 Dec 2012, 10:14 AM Reply Like
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