RIM: Developers submit 15K BlackBerry 10 apps in less than two days

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Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) reported that developers submitted 15,000 applications for its new BlackBerry 10 operating system during a virtual Community Port-A-Thon event running over the weekend.

"37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this portathon," BlackBerry Development Head Alec Saunders tweeted. "Feel like I've run a marathon."

The Port-A-Thon, which kicked off at noon ET on Jan. 11, awarded developers $100 for each eligible mobile app or game approved for BlackBerry 10. Developers who submitted between five and 10 approved apps were also given a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device; in addition, the first 10 developers with 10 approved apps were given a paid trip to BlackBerry Jam Europe 2013, taking place in Amsterdam early next month.

RIM is scheduled to unveil its first BlackBerry 10 devices on Jan. 30. BlackBerry 10 runs on the same QNX-based software powering RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Features include the new BlackBerry Flow UI, which includes BlackBerry Hub, as well as BlackBerry Balance, which separates personal applications and information from encrypted work profiles, enabling organizations to protect their data while giving users the flexibility to optimize their devices for personal use.

RIM released the finalized gold build of its BlackBerry 10 software development kit in mid-December. Native C/C++ and Qt developers can leverage the BlackBerry Cascades user interface framework to integrate with core BlackBerry 10 feature elements such as the new BlackBerry Hub, which enables simplified user access to all messages, notifications, feeds and calendar events. HTML5 developers can exploit core features using the BlackBerry WebWorks platform to design native-quality Web-based apps.

RIM is also offering tools for building BlackBerry 10 apps based on the Adobe AIR runtime. The SDK additionally touts the BlackBerry Runtime for Android, enabling developers to port and repackage applications originally written for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) rival mobile OS. To download the SDK, click here.

RIM is betting on BlackBerry 10 to reignite developer passion for its platform. According to a recent survey conducted by Appcelerator and research firm IDC, just 9 percent of respondents said they are very interested in writing BlackBerry apps, an all-time low. However, a follow-up survey commissioned by RIM and conducted by Pivot Point Research reported that 58 percent of developers would recommend BlackBerry 10 as a development platform, up 123 percent between May and October. RIM added that developer satisfaction with the BlackBerry 10 platform surged 56 percent during the same period.

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