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.