The buzz for BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 was astounding. Everyone was wondering what exactly BlackBerry would announce at the conference.
BlackBerry’s VP of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, took the stage to first tell attendees that, “BlackBerry remains dedicated to remaining the best mobility experience.” This is a paramount statement considering the company may go private with the aid of Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial, which owns over 10% of BlackBerry.
Saunders discussed the amazing success of localized apps from Asia on BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry achieved 131,708 BlackBerry 10 apps in 7 months. 37% of those apps in BlackBerry World are from Asia.
Alec said their Net Promoter Score improved by 89% and 9 out of 10 developers in Asia recommend BlackBerry to their colleagues, friends, and other developers.
Marty Mallick took the stage to discuss how BlackBerry is improving BlackBerry World search to make it easier for customers to find apps. Marty says BlackBerry 10 apps are download 2x more than legacy OS, 5x higher for paid apps, with 7x more revenue.
Chris Smith lastly took the stage to walkthrough some of BlackBerry 10’s premier apps from Asia. Here we saw demos of Weibo, WeChat, SayIt, and Kereta API.
Then, to demonstrate the adaptive framework of BlackBerry 10, two from TAT joined Chris on stage. TAT showed off a rocking chair tennis game utilizing two Z30s and counter weights for the real-time, competitive tennis game.
However, the most unexpected demo was BBM mirrored onto a Windows PC. You can read more on that here. Overall, BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 revealed mostly what was expected. It’s great to see the popularity of BlackBerry still high in Asia.
The power of BlackBerry 10 is certainly being utilized by the developers for SayIt, WeChat, Weibo, and more. It will be most interesting to see their continued support as BlackBerry 10 evolves with 10.2 and future iterations.