Infographic Drastically Underreports BlackBerry App Numbers


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There’s an infographic going around that was created by OnlineSchools depicting the number of apps for each smartphone platform. What’s interesting about it is just how much they’ve underreported the BlackBerry app numbers, and how little those reporting on the infographic are scrutinizing it. According to the infographic, BlackBerry only has 2,779 apps.

Not too long ago we did a breakdown of the number of apps in App World and we were incredibly conservative about what can be considered an app. Removing duplicates, eBooks and themes, App World still has around 9,000 apps. But that’s just App World. As we all know, you can get a BlackBerry app from third party sites and places other than App World, not to mention all of the enterprise apps that aren’t distributed in App World either.

Here are some quotes from sites that reported the news, showing just how little people question these numbers:

From BitRebels:

I am not even going to mention the other 4 “major” app stores since they aren’t even in the vicinity of either of the Android Market or the Apple App Store. The Windows platform; however, is the lowest scoring store with only 1,083 applications.

From Mobile Magazine:

BlackBerry App World doesn’t even break the 3,000 app mark. There just aren’t enough people developing for the platform when compared to the iOS platform and this is largely because Apple users just seem more valuable: in 2009, Apple brought in 99.4% of total app revenue ($2.4 billion).

What’s funny is that all of this comes from an online education site that has clearly not done any significant research to put this infographic together. It would be interesting for someone to actually take the time to get an accurate number of just how many BlackBerry apps there are on the market, including everything outside of App World.

  • Derek Konigsberg

    Also, these sorts of editorials always blatantly ignore MobiHand. First, pretty much every other BlackBerry enthusiast website has a branded front-end to MobiHand or offers app deals through MobiHand. Second, MobiHand is by far the easiest place (other than your own webserver) to post an app for download. (And you can post it on your own webserver with BB, and that’s actually somewhat common.)