BlackBerry had quite the day yesterday as it finally unveiled BlackBerry 10, the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10. During their media event, they mentioned their BlackBerry World would be filled with 70,000 applications, but it seems a good amount of the applications that are available aren’t optimized for BlackBerry 10. In fact, it turns out they’re “wrapped Android applications.”
VP of global alliances and business development Martyn Mallick spoke with reporters yesterday during BlackBerry 10’s official launch, and admitted “40%” of the BlackBerry 10 applications “are wrapped Android applications.” An example of this would be Skype’s BlackBerry 10 application, which is a port from its Android application.
Applications that are ports may not run optimally on their ported device, which may lead to not so great experiences depending on how exactly the developer ported the application to the new operating system.
Before the official launch of BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry promoted its Android port-a-thon to reward developers $100 for creating successful ports of their Android applications. Considering 40% of the BlackBerry World store is now filled with Android ports, we’re sure BlackBerry will have a ton of checks to write in the coming weeks, if they haven’t been written already.