That’s right, BlackBerry’s App World has passed 3 billion app downloads since launching. That averages out to more than 2.5 million downloads a day.

Who said RIM was dead in the water?

Things are speeding up, too. It took 786 days to reach the first billion downloads, 210 days to hit 2 billion, and then only 176 days to nail the third billion. That’s even more impressive when you consider these figures don’t include apps downloaded from third-party BlackBerry app stores, those internally from companies, or any downloaded directly from the web. And that a lot of BlackBerry apps are priced way higher than for iOS or Android, due to its business user base and their expense accounts.

According to the blog post, there are more than 90,000 apps up for sale in App World.

Admittedly the number pales in comparison to Apple’s App Store (which reached 25 billion downloads in March), and Google Play. But it’s good news for RIM, which has been really struggling of late.

Its roadmap leaked last week, and while there are a couple of BB10 handsets on the horizon, as well as a 10-inch tablet and a 4G PlayBook, it’s still a little sparse when you consider Windows Phone 8 will have launched by the end of the year. Along with the iPhone 5, and possible the iPad mini.

So apps are a crucial part to RIM’s survival. Regardless how fancy your operating system, a device is now little more than a blank canvas for whichever apps you install. It also shows partner companies still have faith in RIM’s ecosystem. So keeping up the apps growth would help RIM weather the storm while it waits for BB10 early next year.

Source: Inside BlackBerry

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