BlackBerry store tops 100,000 apps, up 30,000 in 7 weeks

Developers have added apps such as Amazon Kindle, OpenTable, and The Wall Street Journal. CNN, The Daily Show, eBay, and Skype will be available in the coming weeks.

BlackBerry's app store now has more than 100,000 apps, just in time for the launch of its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone .

The Canadian smartphone maker said developers have created more than 30,000 new apps over the past seven weeks since it unveiled its new operating system and devices.

Today, BlackBerry 10 customers can download Amazon Kindle, OpenTable, and The Wall Street Journal. CNN, The Daily Show, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, Soundhound, and Viber will be available in the coming weeks.

"The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding," Martyn Mallick, BlackBerry vice president of global alliances, said in a statement. "We constantly hear from developers...that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms."

One of the biggest criticisms of BlackBerry's new products is that there aren't as many apps available as there are for Android and iOS. BlackBerry has been working frantically with developers to make sure they keep building more apps for the BlackBerry World store.

There's a lot riding on BlackBerry 10, which was unveiled in January following a series of delays. The BlackBerry operating system has been in free fall, with Android and iOS easily dwarfing its footprint. Having had no significant new product in more than a year, BlackBerry badly needs a hit.

Its first new phone, the touch-screen BlackBerry Z10, will launch tomorrow in the U.S.

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Shara Tibken is a senior writer for CNET focused on Samsung and Apple. She previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. She's a native Midwesterner who still prefers "pop" over "soda."

 

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