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Blackberry App World reaches 1 Billion downloads

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RIM’s app outlet for Blackberry smartphones and tablets, the Blackberry App World, has just bypassed 1 billion app downloads.

A statement posted on the official Blackberry Blog reads:

“BlackBerry App World is now in over 100 countries, seeing an average of 3 million downloads per day, and we recently crossed the 1 billion app download milestone!”

First launched on April 1st 2009, App World has gradually grown in size though has seemed to struggle against the might of both the Apple App Store and Android Market. Nevertheless, over 1 billion apps downloaded and 3 million downloads per day is an impressive milestone to reach.

RIM have also published some more impressive figures to back up their billionth download milestone. There are now over 35,000 apps available including 3000 dedicated apps for the Blackberry Playbook.

Perhaps the biggest draw for the Blackberry smartphone, Blackberry Messenger (BBM), now has over 45 million users who in turn send an estimated 4 billion messages using the service every day.

We recently wrote about Apple’s latest App Store milestone – a huge 15 billion downloads since first opening for business on July 10th 2008. With just a 9 month head-start on RIM’s Blackberry App World, Apple has managed to notch up 15 times as many downloads, an extremely impressive feat.

Will RIM and the Blackberry App World ever manage to catch up with Apple or Android? Let us know what you think via our Official Twitter Page.

Congratulations to RIM!

Via: Blackberry Blog