BlackBerry sent a list of the "top BlackBerry 10 apps in every category" to the media this morning. The list of applications contains a number of quality downloads, but some won't be available for weeks or even months, and the BlackBerry World store still lacks many of most popular mobile apps, according to CIO.com's Al Sacco.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Yesterday, I published my hands-on review of the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Z10. (Check out my full evalution here.) I have a lot of good things to say about the smartphone, but one area that does not currently impress is the selection of quality BlackBerry 10 applications in the BlackBerry World store. BlackBerry has been talking up the number of apps in BlackBerry World for weeks now, but I still don’t see most of the popular apps I use frequently on other mobile platforms.
Today BlackBerry sent me a list of some of the notable application partners it’s working with, and there are quite a few recognizable names in there.
BlackBerry says there are 70,000 apps available for BlackBerry 10 right now, which is the largest number of mobile applications available for a brand new platform at launch, according to the company. That is an impressive number, but as the saying goes, quantity does not equal quality, and I still don’t see most of my favorite apps. That said, the platform is brand new, and BlackBerry 10 does seem to be gaining some traction among big-name app makers. Check out RIM’s list of notable BlackBerry 10 apps below for specifics. The underlined items are the apps that I’m most excited to see. (Note: Many of these applications are not yet available but should be in the coming weeks and months.)
Business and Productivity
Bloomberg, BMC Service Desk & Remedy, Box, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Citrix Podio, CNBC, Dictionary.com, Emirates NBD, Harmon.ie, IBM Notes, Traveler, ING DIRECT Canada, Nat West, RBC, RS, SAP, TD Bank Group and Thomson Reuters
10tons: Sparkle, Joining Hands, Azkend, King Oddball, Azkend2, Ironworm, Dragon Portal and Boom Brigade 2
Disney Mobile Games: Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry?
Electronic Arts: A great selection of their top games including, Mass Effect(TM) Infiltrator, Flight Control Rocket, The Sims(TM) FreePlay and MONOPOLY Millionaire
Fishlabs: Galaxy on Fire
Funkoi: Alpha Zero
Gameloft: A great selection of their top games, including Asphalt 7:Heat, The Amazing Spider-Man(TM), Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, The Dark Knight Rises(TM)
Halfbrick: Jetpack Joyride, Fruit Ninja
JoyBits: Doodle God & Doodle Devil
Rovio: Angry Birds Classic, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Bids Space and Angry Birds Seasons
Square One Games: Square One and InXile
SEGA: Sonic4(TM) Episode 1
ZeptoLab- Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope: Experiments
AccuWeather, Air Canada, Air France, DStv Mobile, Dr. Oetker Rezeptideen, Easyjet, FlightAware, Flixster, KLM, Manulife Financial, President’s Choice Recipe Box, SkyScanner, Spotcast, StubHub, The Weather Channel, The Weather Network, Tim Hortons TimmyMe(TM), United Airlines, Wikitude, WisePilot, Yellow Pages Group and Zara
Absolute Radio, Al Jazeera, Allocine, Astral Radio, BBC Worldwide- Top Gear, BubblePix, Channel 4, Corus Entertainment- Radio, Deezer, E! Online, eMusic, Europe 1, Kiss Kube, MTV Italia, Nobex Radio, NOS, N-TV Nachrichten, Occipital 360 Panorama, OxygenLive, Pacemaker, PaperCamera, Rdio, Shahid.net, SiriusXM, Slacker, Songza, SoundHound, TuneIn, and Volu.me
AFP News, Amazon Kindle, CBC (News, Radio, Music, Hockey Night in Canada), Economist, elmundo.es, El Pais, Grazia Italy, Handlesbaltt, kicker, Leo Dictionary, MailOnline, Maxim, News24, New York Times, NU.nl, PressReader, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, The London Evening Standard, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Wirtschaftswoche
Badoo, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, ooVoo, Skype, Tuenti Social Messenger, Twitter, Viber, Whatsapp and Xing
CBSSports.com, ESPN ScoreCenter, Goal.com, L’equipe, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s Maple Leafs Mobile App and Raptors Mobile App, MLB.com At Bat, NHL GameCenter, PGA Tour, Runtastic, Sports Tracker and UFC
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.