Less than two months after its release, the BlackBerry 10 (BB 10) operating system is on a roll this week. The company announced the addition of 30,000 new BlackBerry 10 apps since the end of January, including Amazon Kindle, Open Table, and the Wall Street Journal.
The new additions bring the total number of apps available in BlackBerry World to over 100,000.
BlackBerry also announced that CNN, The Daily Show Headlines, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, Soundhound and Viber will be available to BB 10 customers in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the BlackBerry Z10 is set to launch today on AT&T for $200, and the device will go on sale from Verizon on March 28. T-Mobile is also expected to carry the handset, though the company has yet to release a date. Sprint is passing on the Z10, but plans to offer the BlackBerry Q10 later down the road.
“The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding. Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances at BlackBerry, in a statement.
While the rapid growth is reassuring for the company and BlackBerry users, the up and coming OS still has a long way to go to match its leading competitors. The iOS and Android platforms each boast well over 700,000 applications with millions of user downloads under their belts.
The success of the BB 10 app store may be a question of quality over quantity. While the new OS is still far from matching the sheer quantity of apps available on competing platforms, the company has managed to secure many of the big name apps, with many more on the way.