BlackBerry 10 is just around the corner, and the volume of apps available will play a crucial role in the operating system’s success. RIM clearly knows this, as evidenced by the $10,000 guarantee for developers.
In addition to that particular promotion, a RIM Port-A-Thon event attracted 15,000 BlackBerry 10 app submissions in just 37.5 hours. Wow.
Of course, there were plenty of incentives on offer, including cash and hardware and even a trip to freakin’ Europe.
In particular, RIM offered $100 per successful BlackBerry 10 app submission, up to a maximum of 20 apps.
In addition, for those getting 5-10 Blackberry 10 apps approved, the first 200 will receive a Dev Alpha handset.
Developers who get more than 10 BlackBerry 10 apps approved will receive $100 per app and the Dev Alpha handset (for the first 10 qualifying), plus – for one lucky developer – a paid trip to Europe for the BlackBerry 10 launch.
Er, and so on and so forth. Should you care, you can read about the incentive in more detail over on the BlackBerry Developer pages.
Clearly chuffed, RIM’s Alec Saunders tweeted: “well there you have it. 37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this portathon. Feel like I've run a marathon. Thanks to all the devs!”
The BlackBerry 10 launch goes down on January 30, just over two weeks from now.