20 Percent of BlackBerry 10 Apps are Android Apps
March 27, 2013 11:32 AM
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Developers thought making native BB10 apps was risky
Developers didn't want to take a chance with a native app for
the new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform
, so it turns out that one in five BB10 apps are actually Android.
According to Martyn Mallick, BlackBerry's vice president for global alliances and business development, about 20 percent of the 100,000 BB10 apps available are Android apps.
BlackBerry realized that not all developers were going to be onboard with making native BB10 apps -- it's a brand-new platform, and it's a risk since it's hard to tell how well the platform/devices will sell at launch.
To address this, BlackBerry allowed the use of an emulation engine to port Android apps onto BB10 devices.
“We give them a very nice on-ramp to get onto the platform,” Mallick said. “Our users deserve to have great content. If that is the fastest way we can get some of that content, that’s great."
But that doesn't mean that BlackBerry isn't trying to get developers to make native apps for BB10. It's offering a $10,000 guarantee for developers making the native apps and even promised that its first batch of BB10 devices will only have one of two screen sizes to avoid fragmentation.
BlackBerry's new BB10 line was announced in January 2013, and
the first device -- the Z10 -- shipped in the U.S. on March 22.
Earlier this month, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said Z10 sales in Europe were encouraging, and even mentioned that the
"product is attracting users that are currently on other platforms."
However, it's understandable why developers would be nervous. Not only is BB10 a new platform, but BlackBerry hasn't had it easy in the recent past. Many corporations and government agencies, which are some of BlackBerry's best customers, dropped their devices for iPhones and Android devices instead.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ditched their BlackBerrys in May 2012 in favor of iPhones while the Immigration and Customs Enforcement followed suit in September. In October, the Defense Department left its BlackBerrys behind and chose to go with Android and Apple devices instead while the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
left BlackBerry for a new fleet of iPhone 5s
the U.S. Defense Department announced that it will
open its communications networks to iOS and Android
devices by next February.
Just last week, BB10 failed to pass security requirements for
use in the UK government
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3/27/2013 1:30:12 PM
I find it hard to believe that 80k apps were already written natively for BB10. If this is accurate and only 20% of them are Android apps that are running in the Dalvik VM then it's actually very impressive. It also should alleviate concern that BB10 could be treading in OS/2 territory.
For those who don't know or don't remember, OS/2 was better than DOS/Windows, ran DOS/Windows programs, better security, faster, true 32 bit OS, isolated programs in their own run time, etc. However the fact that it ran Windows apps was its downfall in the long run because developers just created programs for Windows and didn't care to write OS/2 native programs. Then when MS would "tweak" their OS it would break software from running in OS/2 and they were constantly try to keep up. Then when NT finally came out and was almost as good as OS/2 people left it in droves. I was worried BB10 would be a repeat.
And yes, that means I think BB10 is faster, more secure and better than Android. Just for the record.
3/27/2013 2:07:02 PM
This is exactly what I was thinking. I've surprised it isn't 90%. If the company I work for ever has enough requests to start porting our apps to BB10 then that's what we'll certainly do.
Blackberry 10 is nice and all, but I'm not seeing much demand right now.
3/27/2013 3:49:55 PM
Can BB10 run BB9 apps? If so I suspect that's most of the remainder; and the impressive part is that developers pushed 16k of Android apps over to the new store.
3/27/2013 7:41:53 PM
Hey, thanks for researching BB10 and Blackberry. There was no such thing as BBOS9, the last major release of BBOS was 7. There is absolutley NO way you can run pre-BBOS10 apps on a BB10 phone. BB10 is a completely new OS based on QNX, a micro-kernel OS, owned by Blackberry.
So, no, the apps did not come from previous versions of BBOS, they are either completely new apps for BB10 or ones that have been ported over from Android (some more successfully than others)
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