BlackBerry has moved a lot of apps. 1 billion of them over the past two years, according to a statement released by Research in Motion, the smart phone’s manufacturer, yesterday. An accomplishment for the company, indeed, but one that immediately invited unfavorable comparisons to Apple and Google.
The app stores for those companies outstripped RIM’s long ago. Apple racked up their first billion downloads within nine months of introducing the app store in 2008, and recently announced that the store’s topped 15 billion downloads. Google has said that the company counts an additional billion downloads every two months.
RIM has lagged behind Apple and Google for the last couple years, and some critics are pointing to slumping sales and flagging innovation as harbingers of the company’s doom. Others say that the relationships the company has developed with carriers over the eleven years since the BlackBerry was introduced will help the company pull through.
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