RIM: 13% of BlackBerry App World developers earn $100K


Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) continues its push to bring developers back to its BlackBerry operating system, with vice president of developer relations Alec Saunders arguing that the BlackBerry App World storefront is more profitable than Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) rival Android Market.

Speaking at this week's BlackBerry DevCon Europe conference, Saunders looked to "bust a few myths" about the BlackBerry ecosystem, stating that BlackBerry App World now generates more than 6 million daily downloads, translating to 174 million downloads per month and 30 downloads per user each year. According to Saunders, App World now yields 43 percent more daily downloads per app than Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store; it also drives more premium downloads than Android Market, with 13 percent of developers earning revenues in excess of $100,000.

BlackBerry continues to lag far behind Android and iOS in the consumer consciousness, capturing 16.0 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in December 2011 according to digital research firm comScore. Android devices make up 47.3 percent of the U.S. market, with iOS at 29.6 percent.

RIM is expected to release version 2.0 of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet operating system later this month. PlayBook OS 2.0 builds in the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, enabling developers to repackage existing Android apps to run on the tablet as well as upcoming BlackBerry 10-based devices. RIM is currently offering a free PlayBook device to all developers who port Android apps to the platform.

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