RIM reaches 1 billion downloaded apps milestone, achieves pace of 3 million downloads per day

Research In Motion released some statistics today that show a little bit of promise for its ailing BlackBerry App World launched in April 2009. With developers shying away from BlackBerrys in favour of iOS, Android, and even Windows Mobile, it's been a tough road for RIM in the app space.

Today, the Waterloo technology company announced that it has over 1 billion apps downloaded. Not bad, but… Android apps have been downloaded one billion times in the past 60 days.

RIM is seeing three million app downloads per day—Android sees more than triple that amount. Apple's stats, while better kept secrets, are just as potent (and often more so) than Google's in the mobile app space.

RIM notes that its app are downloaded in over 100 countries. The BlackBerry's international growth is one of its last standing lifelines. With marketshare irreversibly dwindling in North America, RIM has impressively managed to grow globally. Still, myriad competitors threaten to eat away all that the smartphone pioneer has worked for.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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