Research In Motion announced on Saturday that BlackBerry App World had passed the 3 billion downloads landmark since its launch in April 2009. This only counts the apps downloaded directly from the store to handsets or PlayBooks, and not those downloaded from the web, 3rd party app stores or pushed down internally by companies.
According to Victoria B at the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog;
“Three billion app downloads averages out to over 2.5 million downloads each day. What’s even more important – and impressive – is that the number of daily downloads continues to increase. It took 786 days to reach the one billion mark, 210 days to reach two billion, and only 176 days to reach the three billion number.”
The increased rise in the number of downloads is likely due to there now being more than 90,000 free and paid for applications available to download as well as the launch of devices in more countries round the world. The number of countries that now have BlackBerry App World available increased to 113 as of September 2010.
In preparation to the release of the BlackBerry OS 10 devices, RIM have been touring the world with their BlackBerry 10 Jam in order to entice developers to design apps for the new handsets, so that on release, the BlackBerry App World has a catalogue ready to serve those devices.