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Blackberry 10 receives 15,000 app submissions in less than two days

RIM bets on developer support
Tue Jan 15 2013, 09:56
BlackBerry 10 at BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012

SMARTPHONE DESIGNER Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that its Blackberry 10 mobile operating system (OS) has received 15,000 app submissions in less than 48 hours.

The Blackberry 10 apps submissions came from recent Port-A-Thon events held by RIM. The events were aimed at getting Android and original Blackberry apps ported to RIM's Blackberry 10 ecosystem.

"Well there you have it. 37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this Port-a-Thon. Feel like I've run a marathon. Thanks to all the devs, "tweeted RIM's VP of developer relations Alec Saunders.

Not all the app submissions are expected to make it onto Blackberry 10 devices. Apps put up for submission will go through an evaluation process before getting final approval.

Those apps that are approved will receive $100 from RIM. Developers who are able to successfully port more than 10 apps to Blackberry devices will also receive a free trip to the Blackberry Jam event in Amsterdam.

The high number of submissions is good news for the next iteration of the Blackberry OS. RIM's upcoming OS will have to compete with Android, which presently offers almost 700,000 apps for download.

Blackberry 10 also faces stiff competition in the business sector from the Windows Phone 8 OS. Microsoft's mobile OS that it released late last year has 120,000 apps in its Windows Store.

RIM has been making a serious push to get developers behind its new mobile OS. The firm guaranteed that developers' apps would make at least $10,000 in sales on its next smartphones.

The company plans to launch the Blackberry 10 OS by the end of January. It has pinned most of its hopes on the success of the OS. The company has struggled to keep up with its smartphone competitors in recent years. µ


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