According to John Paczkowski of AllThingsD, roughly one-third of all BlackBerry World apps were published by one developer.
Following an initial investigation by BerryReview, it was subsequently uncovered that 47,000 of the applications available were, in fact, created by a developer called S4BB.
When you step back for a moment to consider that there are only 120,000 apps available in BlackBerry World, it's a remarkable discovery - and a somewhat remarkable embarrassment for BlackBerry.
S4BB, after all, is a developer for whom “quality doesn’t appear to be a priority.”
As Paczkowski explains, some of S4BB’s creations are barely apps at all.
Among its offerings: Innumerable lock apps, repurposed city guides, audiobooks, and an array of content apps that seem to be built around RSS feeds from the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Weather Service and the CDC. And then there’s Mega Shaver, Mega Machine Gun and, inevitably, Mega Fart.
“Developers in all app stores employ a number of different monetization tactics. BlackBerry World is an open market for developers and we let market forces dictate the success or failure of these tactics,” BlackBerry spokesman Adam Emery reportedly stated. “Discoverability in overcrowded stores continues to be an issue affecting all developers. This is why we have worked hand in hand with developers on the Built for BlackBerry program to help showcase apps and games that exemplify the power of BlackBerry 10.”