Arguably the biggest complaint of BlackBerry users when comparing their devices to the iPhone and Android devices is that there just aren’t that many apps out for the BlackBerry in comparison.
RIM is aware of this complaint and is why Alec Saunders, RIM’s vice president of developer relations and ecosystem development, told CNET that the company will launch BlackBerry 10 with more apps than any other first-generation mobile operating system.
Research in Motion has been doing everything it can to entice developers to develop for the BlackBerry 10 operating system which should have significantly more apps than 7000 apps found in the Windows Marketplace when it launched, which, by the way, made the number of apps available for the iPhone and Andrdoid at launch look like a rounding error.
The big question for RIM is if the apps that it has at launch will the big name cross platform darlings that you can easily get on iOS, Android, and, to a lesser extent, Windows Phone.
I am sure there will a Facebook App and a Twitter App, but, will there be a Flipboard app or a Netflix client? How about Instagram or Voxer?
Having more apps for BlackBerry 10 than any other smartphone OS sounds really cool, but, the real question for RIM is will those apps be the right apps? Having the “right” 100 apps at launch, in my opinion, is much more important than having more apps than any other OS did years ago when they launched.