Apple’s App Store gets more competition

There’s a new app store on the Internet block.

Research In Motion today announced the BlackBerry App World, its answer to Apple’s successful App Store for the iPhone. And it joins Google’s Android Market in the race among software makers to create new reasons to own smart-phones beyond e-mail. Microsoft is planning to open its own online app store for its Windows Mobile operating system later this year.

Initially, RIM expects 1,000 apps to be posted on its site. It has a ways to go to catch up to Apple, whose App Store now is believed to have some 31,000 programs.

BlackBerry app developers will get 80 percent of royalties, while those who write programs for the iPhone keep 70 percent.

RIM said the applications will be a mix of business programs and fun things.


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  • Joe

    I am an Apple fanboy and I can not imagine my life without great Apple creations. Is it something wrong with me? 😉

  • Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.