It will be a long time before the new mobile application markets, Google’s Android Market and RIM’s Blackberry App World, get anywhere close to Apple’s App Store in breadth or depth. Currently, there are 162 apps listed across all categories in the Android market and 88 for the Blackberry (North America), compared to more than 25,000 for the iPhone (U.S.).
However, Blackberry already has tied the iPhone in one sub-category, big-name U.S. financial services companies. As of today, each has four. Bank of America is the only one supporting both.
|iPhone App Store||Blackberry App World*|
|Bank of America||Bank of America|
|PNC Bank||Fidelity Investments|
*Blackberry App World also has an Obopay mobile payments app with ties to Citibank.
Financial institution opportunities: The list of participating financial institutions won’t stay short for long. You must support iPhone and Blackberry users, the sooner you do so, the more free publicity you can garner. For more information, see our latest Online Banking Report, published today, Mobile Banking 2.0: iPhone Edition.
Blackberry App World Finance & Banking section
(9 March 2009, 10 PM Pacific)