BlackBerry 10: Which Apps Will (And Won’t) Be There

BlackBerry 10: Which Apps Will (And Won’t) Be There

Earlier this week it was reported that video streaming service Netflix has no plans to develop a BlackBerry 10 app. While that specific nugget of news wasn’t surprising, we began to wonder what other popular apps may or may not be coming to BB10.

After all, BlackBerry did say at launch this past January that BlackBerry World had over 70,000 apps for its latest operating system. Not too bad. But which of the most obvious and popular apps on Android, iOS and Windows Phone might you see on BB10? Here’s the full rundown, straight from the developer’s mouths.

Apps Confirmed Coming To BB10

BlackBerry managed to secure several notable launch partners, like the impressively longer-than-expected list below. But not all of these are currently available. For instance, Rdio and ooVoo have committed to the platform but haven’t actually finished building their respective apps. While they Dropbox and Kayak weren’t announced as launch partners, they are coming to BlackBerry 10, although Kayak’s just porting over its Android version.


Apps With No Plans For BB10

As expected, there’s an even longer list of apps that either having “nothing to report at this time”, “keeping an eye on BB10” or “ew” (seriously, that was one prominent dev’s response). When asked if and which apps from Google’s stable might reach BB10, the company had this to say: “Our goal is to make our products available to as many people as possible. We’re always evaluating different platforms, but we have no detailed plans to share at this time.” Or, if you’re Nike, you’re sticking to your one-trick pony: “Not at this time — we are working to maximise the experience on iOS.”



But wait! There are one or two companies who are thinking about maybe, possibly, one day down the road, making an app. Like, Shazam, for instance, “Shazam does not currently have a BB10 app, but may in the future.” Or, if you’re Pandora, you could give a long-winded response that could be misinterpreted as being coy, which could be misinterpreted as something to read between the lines, or not: “We don’t talk about potential future product offerings, so I unfortunately don’t have a firm answer as to if or when Pandora would be available on Blackberry 10 phones.”


For those of you not fluent in app iconese, here’s the breakdown.

Yay: Dropbox, Facebook, Foursquare, Kindle, LinkedIn, The Weather Channel, Twitter and WhatsApp.
Nay: Instagram, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Amazon, Seamless, Yelp, IMDb, Starbucks, Yahoo, Spotify, Flipboard, Nike+ Fuelband, Nike+ Running, Pocket, ebay and PayPal.
Maybe: Pandora and Shazam.

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