BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has revealed more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its store.
CEO Thorsten Heins disclosed the figures in an interview with BlackBerry users in Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. He also pledged support for existing BlackBerry 7 devices 'into the future' but said it was unable to put out new handsets carrying the OS which could then be upgraded to BlackBerry 10 when it launches next year.
He said: '[BlackBerry 10] is an entirely new platform. The software and the hardware are designed together and the operating system will interact with the hardware in ways that are very different from BlackBerry 7. This is part of what gives BlackBerry 10 its power.'
RIM announced last month that it was delaying the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system until the first quarter of next year. When asked if he could guarantee no further delays, Heins said he was 'absolutely committed' to the new timeline. He said: 'I made the decision to give our teams more time on BlackBerry 10 because I believe we must deliver an experience that is nothing short of exceptional to our users. The successful launch of BlackBerry 10 and the delivery of high-quality BlackBerry 10 devices remains the company’s top priority.'
He said the reason for the delay was that he could 'see the seams' in how some of the features worked together. Heins said: 'When you’re dealing with millions of lines of computer code that will be subjected to daily use by users around the world, fine-tuning can take time – in this case, more than we anticipated. We decided to delay the launch of BlackBerry 10 to give us ample time to integrate software, test, and polish the final product.'
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