RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: more to life than 1,500 Solitaire apps

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: more to life than 1,500 Solitaire appsI’m sure I scribbled an article a while back wherein Elop, or Ballmer, or both, said that quality – not quantity – is the important thing when it comes to apps. Damned if I can find it though.

Anyway! RIM’s new(ish) CEO Thorsten Heins is saying much the same thing, as the BlackBerry 10 launch draws ever closer.

In terms of sheer volume, there’s no way BlackBerry 10 will be able to compete with the hundreds of thousands of apps available for iOS and Android.

Of course, you could easily whittle those six-figure totals down to the hundreds when it comes to genuinely useful apps and worthwhile games.

Echoing those thoughts, Thorsten tells Reuters: "The tactic we are deploying [with BlackBerry 10] is by country and by region. We are aiming to have the most important 200 to 400 apps available, because many applications are regional and they really do have a regional flavor."

I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for apps pertaining to haggis, kilts and the Loch Ness Monster then.

With regards to the App Store and Google Play, Thorsten says: "In my view it is really short-sighted to say, you have 600,000, you have 400,000 and you only have 100,000 apps, so you are not good.

"Look at how many actually get downloaded. We don't have 1,500 Solitaire apps. That is not what Blackberry is about," - zing!

RIM recently announced January 30 as the official BlackBerry 10 launch date.

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Pondlife  Nov. 19, 2012 at 18:42

Does anyone have 1,500 solitaire apps?

Look at how many get downloaded? Several billion on ios and android, how many on bb?

Thing we'd all agree that having the main important and popular apps is more key than just huge numbers, but they've not managed that in the past either...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2012 at 19:25

"Look at how many actually get downloaded. We don't have 1,500 Solitaire apps. That is not what Blackberry is about," - zing
....indeed,,,no good photo editor (in times of pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr etc), no decent document editor etc etc...but Angry Birds. Right, Thorsten ;)

WaterlooKid  Nov. 19, 2012 at 19:35

RIM cannot be stopped anymore. The beast has awoken!

mallory29029  Nov. 19, 2012 at 20:17

Never mind about 1500 solitaire apps, how about some of the major apps like support for Netflix and Lovefilm on the playbook. I have a Blackberry playbook and I have to say it's a piece of junk.

onlineo  Nov. 19, 2012 at 20:44

Ditto what everyone else is saying.
When I tried to get a working offline sat nav for my playbook I found it impossible, and google maps doesn't really work on it. Accessing my spreadsheets in google docs is near on impossible, for a company that prides itself on business users that is surely just bad.

As for the Apps most people don't use most apps. I don't use many but we all have peculiar favourites. I use bike hire apps a lot, and my fantasy football league app.

InKing  Nov. 19, 2012 at 20:58

Does anyone have 1,500 solitaire apps?

Look at how many get downloaded? Several billion on ios and android, how many on bb?

Thing we'd all agree that having the main important and popular apps is more key than just huge numbers, but they've not managed that in the past either...


RIM has over 3 Billion app downloads at last count...and BB users are more apt to pay for apps :-)

Pondlife  Nov. 19, 2012 at 23:13

Because they don't have any choices....

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