In our interview with BlackBerry’s CEO and President, Thorsten Heins, it was told to us that 30% of BlackBerry 10 apps are Android. Although, Vice President for Global Alliances and Business Development Martyn Mallick has been saying it’s only 20%.
We reached out to BlackBerry for some clarification. Here’s the following figures provided to us:
- 20% of BlackBerry 10 applications in BlackBerry World are repackaged Android apps.
- 70% of BlackBerry 10 applications in BlackBerry World are native.
- 10% are Web and AIR.
While this might sound bad at first thought, it could be a great thing. The fact that there are so many Android ports is indicative that Android developers are interested in the BlackBerry 10 platform.
The Android JVM might not be the smoothest yet, until it supports JellyBean. Though, some of the Android ports have been specifically designed with BlackBerry to make it almost seem native. You can expect to see the quality with the Skype app, once released.
The conversion to Native apps may grow in the future. Many of the developers are on a ‘wait and see’ approach. Having a goal in mind, if X amount of downloads are completed, then they will pursue native development.