Blackberry likes to promote the fact that their app store has over 120,000 apps that are compatible with the latest generation BB10 smartphones. Visiting the store, you often find popular apps like Skype and Whatsapp, but what the other apps available? Well, for starters there are 47,000 apps from a single developer and the quality of said apps, well, its fairly lackluster.
Over 46,500 apps submitted by a user named S4BB who is from Hong Kong. They are taking advantage of the fact they are functional apps, if a bit woeful. Most of the apps are wrappers that point to mobile websites, which are all done automatically via online builder tools. The vast bulk of them tend to be city maps for virtually every major city in the world and audiobooks. He is not alone, several developers employ this method of bare minimum single functionality apps.
This problem is not just indicative to the Blackberry platform, but is prevalent on Android as well. Most of the apps submitted to Blackberry World are in fact Android apps, that have been automatically converted to a BAR file. The developers then re-purpose the apps and submit them on Google Play. It is only noticeable really on the Blackberry ecosystem, because it only has 170,000 apps, while the Apple store has 900,000 and Android over a million.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.