On Wednesday, BlackBerry announced a host of new, primarily name-brand applications that will soon become available for their BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system.
The news came during the BlackBerry Jam Asia conference, where the company is trying to reassure developers and consumers alike that they remain committed to growing the BB10 operating system. After weeks of troubling news, including major layoffs and a deal to take the firm private for $4.7 billion, the new app launches are definitely a positive sign.
BB10 will soon boast two new mobile games from the Angry Birds franchise, as Angry Birds GO! and Bad Piggies will both make their debut in the BlackBerry app store. Other big announcements include BB10 versions of Evernote and news discovery app Flipboard.
What else can BB10 users look forward to? Take a look...
LOTS OF VIDEO: New applications are coming from ABC, NBC, CBS and a host of cable networks -- History, Discovery, E!, ABC Family and MTV.
PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY: The big announcement in this category has got to be Evernote, the hugely popular organizational tool that allows you to photograph any item and use those photos to build a searchable database.
GAMES: In addition to Angry Birds GO! and Bad Piggies, BB10 users will soon be treated to a mobile version of The Sims, a Despicable Me game, and the very successful Doodle Jump.
BUSINESS: Always BlackBerry's core strength, the company will roll out business-friendly apps from Bloomberg, the National Bank of Canada and Citrix. Numerous security and compliance applications were also announced for corporate customers.
ASIA: As this is an Asian conference, it makes sense that numerous apps specific to Asia were also announced. Among them are new releases from Sina Weibo and Kaixin, two services known as the Twitter and Facebook of China.