RIM now accepting submittals for its BlackBerry application storefront

RIM now accepting submittals for its BlackBerry application storefront

Summary: Last year RIM announced a $150 million development fund and then we heard about an upcoming BlackBerry application storefront. RIM just sent a notice to developers that they are now accepting applications for this new storefront so if you are a developer check out the Vendor Portal and get your application in. RIM will contact you regarding the results of their evaluation and the next steps to take.

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RIM now accepting submittals for its BlackBerry application storefrontLast year RIM announced a $150 million development fund and then we heard about an upcoming BlackBerry application storefront. RIM just sent a notice to developers that they are now accepting applications for this new storefront so if you are a developer check out the Vendor Portal and get your application in. RIM will contact you regarding the results of their evaluation and the next steps to take.

We don't know when the BlackBerry application storefront will go live yet, but there are more and more consumer-friendly BlackBerry devices being released regularly and the potential for selling a large number of applications is definitely present. There are millions of BlackBerry users today and I think the mobile market will support having BlackBerry devices for years. Having an easy-to-use on device application store is key to people discovering and using 3rd party applications.

Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility

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  • What about development tools?

    I have been working on developing an application for the BlackBerry over the last several months. The problem I have is that they do not have very good tool support. Thier APIs are confusing to work with at times and they really need better support for web service based functionality. Trying to create user interfaces is a challenge in its self. I personally think that if RIM wants to compete with the Windows Mobile, Android, and iPhone markets with their app store they need to make it easier and better to build the applications in the first place!

    I am curious to see the kind of apps and how they look when the App Store is launched. Would also like to know some metrics such as development time and team size to create some of the applications as well.
    night_shadow
    • They need to dump Java

      is what they need to do. What a horrendous language.
      VoiceOfLogic