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    (Reuters) - Research In Motion is pushing for app quality, not quantity, with its make-or-break BlackBerry 10 devices set for launch on January 30, and targeting applications to customers in various regions.

    RIM's projected 100,000 apps - a record for any new platform at launch - will still be a fraction of those available on Apple Inc or Google Inc devices.

    But it is a stronger showing than RIM's PlayBook tablet computer which was slammed at its 2011 launch for a dearth of apps and incomplete software.

    In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, RIM Chief Executive Thorsten Heins admitted that app libraries play a crucial role in the success or failure of smartphones. But he said the game is not just about numbers.

    "The tactic we are deploying is by country and by region. We are aiming to have the most important 200 to 400 apps available, because many applications are regional and they really do have a regional flavor," Heins said.

    RIM says it aims to offer both the most popular applications in the market, and also those most relevant to Blackberry aficionados - people Heins described as hyper-connected multi-taskers who need to get things done.

    RIM's ultra-secure BlackBerry was once the smartphone of choice for government and corporate elites. But rivals have taken giant bites out of RIM's market share, especially in North America, and the company's stock has slumped. The BlackBerry remains popular in many emerging markets, partly for its popular BBM messaging system.

    With this in mind, RIM has hosted events with developers across the globe.

    "We've done 30 jam conferences in various cities all around the world, to get the bucket filled with meaningful local apps and not just a huge bunch of applications that you collect and throw at your audience," he said. "It is a very, very targeted approach."

    Heins, who has met with customers and carriers in a series of whirlwind global tours, came across as relaxed and confident in the interview, in RIM's Waterloo headquarters.

    Speaking rapid fire English with just a hint of an accent from his native Germany, he acknowledged that RIM's fate may depend on the success of BB10, but he said feedback from clients has been very encouraging.

    RIM hopes its new line of BB10 smartphones will help it claw back market share from Apple's iPhone and devices powered by Google's Android operating system. Developers say like what they see, but analysts are not convinced that RIM's gamble on BB10 will succeed.

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    In terms of numbers, RIM's app offering will remain far behind the Apple and Google app stores, each of which boast over 700,000 apps. But Heins said he was not worried.

    "In my view it is really short-sighted to say, you have 600,000, you have 400,000 and you only have 100,000 apps, so you are not good," he said.

    "Look at how many actually get downloaded. ... BlackBerry App World today is still the most profitable portal for application developers - it has the highest number of paid for downloads."

    In a small dig at his rivals, he added: "We don't have 1,500 Solitaire apps. That is not what Blackberry is about."

    RIM has already said it plans business focused apps from the likes of Cisco WebEx, Box, SAP and Blackboard, as well as music and movie apps like TuneIn, Nobex and Popcornflix and gaming apps from developers like Gameloft, Halfbrick and Paw Print Games.

    Heins has said social networks such as LinkedIn, Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook will all have apps for BB10 at launch. But he declined to name any of the other big name apps that RIM will have on board come launch day.

    "Allow me to talk to you about this on January 30, otherwise I'm losing a lot of thunder," he said.

    (Editing by Janet Guttsman and Richard Chang)

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    Well said Heins.
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    "Allow me to talk to you about this on January 30, otherwise I'm losing a lot of thunder," he said

    Get it...Thor...Thunder...lolz4deyz
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    Thor is such a boss. Love the way he handles the media.
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    We are aiming to have the most important 200 to 400 apps available wow it stated at top 50-100 per Alec way back when,this tells me they have done very well
    I waited...It launched...Im still waiting...
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    Heins, no other kinds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BB-Bmore View Post
    We are aiming to have the most important 200 to 400 apps available wow it stated at top 50-100 per Alec way back when,this tells me they have done very well
    given 700k apps on ios and android people only complains about 3-4 not available for playbook I would say 200 to 400 is great #.

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    You would have to think that Skype and Netflix are among the Top 200 apps for the USA/North America, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmantz65 View Post
    You would have to think that Skype and Netflix are among the Top 200 apps for the USA/North America, right?
    And netflix, so far I know, only present in 1 country in Europe (UK) and delaying further worldwide expansion for now.
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    Got to love the German bosses. They don't @#$? Around :thumbup:
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    Love it - well spoken indeed by Thorsten.

    No disrespectful 'spin' and unsubstantiated, ill-informed opinions from the article author either, which is nice to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W Hoa View Post
    "Allow me to talk to you about this on January 30, otherwise I'm losing a lot of thunder," he said.
    I think this is significant. Clearly, Heins knows that a lot of people are waiting to hear about a few crucial apps (Netflix, Skype, Instagram, etc...), but is perhaps deciding to keep them a secret. All the other apps that have been announced are mostly already on BlackBerry (either the phones or PlayBook), so they're not as big of a deal. We shall see what January 30th brings...
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    "We don't have 1,500 Solitaire apps. That is not what Blackberry is about."

    I like this statement. So mature for the taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenks5150 View Post
    Thor is such a boss. Love the way he handles the media.
    LOL! Ok, but remember, you can't complain about negative media then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aragone79 View Post
    "We don't have 1,500 Solitaire apps. That is not what Blackberry is about."

    I like this statement. So mature for the taste.
    But how many is too many? I half-expected him to say something about fart apps, but he's too smart for that.

    I like the emphasis on getting important apps. Making fun of duplication in other app stores is spin, but they all do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trelawrence View Post
    But how many is too many?
    Well, how many solitaire apps do you need?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masahiro View Post
    Well, how many solitaire apps do you need?
    None myself. Thor seems to think one, though.

    BTW, without checking, I would guess the percentages would be similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmantz65 View Post
    You would have to think that Skype and Netflix are among the Top 200 apps for the USA/North America, right?
    Personally i dont think that Netflix is important as it once was & it was never that important outside of the USA.

    Netflix Canada has always sucked and it's my understanding that Netflix USA is losing a lot of content and getting more expensive.

    I also see Netflix as more important to the PlayBook than the BlackBerry 10 Phones, but that could just be me. (And yes I'm aware that if it's on the PlayBook it will be on the BlackBerry 10 Phones and vice versa.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly_FR View Post
    And netflix, so far I know, only present in 1 country in Europe (UK) and delaying further worldwide expansion for now.
    Exactly, I couldn't care less about Netflix although I can understand US needs
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmantz65 View Post
    You would have to think that Skype and Netflix are among the Top 200 apps for the USA/North America, right?
    I think Netflix will show up on BB10. There is not really good reason for it not to be available for BB10. Unless Netfix has a deal with either Google, Apple or Microsoft that prevents Netflix app to show up on Playbook.

    Skype is different story. It might not show up on BB10 as Win8 mobile and BB10 are in direct competition.I think RIM has already a contingency plan. Say it has developed video chat app together with Facebook. Notice that there is NO facebook nor instagram available on Win8 metro or Win 8 mobile. This would be HUGE for RIM as Facebook has enormous user base. This would make Skype way less important imo.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrizzadMan View Post
    Love it - well spoken indeed by Thorsten.

    No disrespectful 'spin' and unsubstantiated, ill-informed opinions from the article author either, which is nice to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragone79 View Post
    "We don't have 1,500 Solitaire apps. That is not what Blackberry is about."

    I like this statement. So mature for the taste.
    busy people do not have time for browsing through 1500 apps which do the same thing. BB10 is for busy people not kids and i like it that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neely2005 View Post
    Personally i dont think that Netflix is important as it once was & it was never that important outside of the USA.

    Netflix Canada has always sucked and it's my understanding that Netflix USA is losing a lot of content and getting more expensive.

    I also see Netflix as more important to the PlayBook than the BlackBerry 10 Phones, but that could just be me. (And yes I'm aware that if it's on the PlayBook it will be on the BlackBerry 10 Phones and vice versa.)



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    so true Netfix sucks in Canada. I never took up free one month offer from Netflix. I just do not see myself sticking with it afterwards.
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    well to me it's not only about the skype video functionality, but also about chatting
    i really hope skype will be available on bb10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seijuro View Post
    well to me it's not only about the skype video functionality, but also about chatting
    i really hope skype will be available on bb10
    what do you mean by chatting? like voice calls?
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    well if im talking about skype for bb10, i hope we'll get everything
    video-calls, voice-calls and messaging (that's what i meant by chatting, sorry)
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardat View Post
    LOL! Ok, but remember, you can't complain about negative media then.
    Why would that be the case? Out of Thor's control, the media still spins tons of uncalled for negative stories on RIM (Perfect example being the NYT article about how BlackBerry users are ashamed of their phones) - in that case Thor came out and responded, setting the record straight.

    I would say Thor handles issues well, in the face of an overly negative media sentiment towards his company.
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    I am hoping that BBM, which will have video conferencing and voice as well as text messaging will be able to connect to Skype somehow. RIM and Microsoft seem to be able to compete and still get along.
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