RIM pays developers $500,000 to build apps for BlackBerry 10

RIM pays developers $500,000 to build apps for BlackBerry 10

Summary: BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion is holding its last port-a-thon for developers, aimed at bolstering the availability of BlackBerry 10-compatiable apps ahead of the OS' launch.

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BlackBerry developers have one more chance to earn $100 per app successfully submitted to BlackBerry App World during RIM's final 'port-a-thon', an event designed to encourage developers to make their apps work on the soon-to-launch BlackBerry 10 operating system.

The online event begins at 16:00GMT on Friday. Like the previous port-a-thon, held last week, it is intended to run for 36 hours.

Developers can use any development tools to create their apps, including the automated BlackBerry App Generator, which simply requires entering an RSS feed and adding a logo for the most basic of apps.

In exchange for making apps compatible with BlackBerry 10, devs will receive $100 per eligible app submitted to the store during the port-a-thon, up to a maximum of 20 paid apps per vendor. Submitting more than five also means developers end up in a draw for one of 250 Dev Alpha BlackBerry 10 devices.

RIM said a total of $500,000 is available as part of the reward programme.

Its last port-a-thon overran by an hour and a half but resulted in more than 15,000 additional app submissions to the App World Store. BlackBerry 10 is set to launch on 30 January.

Topics: BlackBerry, Apps, Mobility, Smartphones, Software Development

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  • This usually doesn't work

    Sure, this kind of thing can boost the official app count in someone's appstore. But users, and the press, will pretty quickly sort the "apps" that are little more than web links from the real thing. They'll notice well when the must-have iOS or Android app is basically a placeholder. Microsoft spent way, way more money paying developers for Windows 7 Phone apps, and got lots of minimally functional junk. And of the more serious ports, few ever saw updates... MS only paid for the initial release.

    The one saving grace may be riding on Android. Assuming BlackberryOS provides the same Android app framework as the Playbook, they have some decent chance of getting full apps ported quickly. Not that this could ever best native Android, and it may potentially eliminate any real incentive to make "native" apps.
    Hazydave
  • This usually doesn't work

    Sure, this kind of thing can boost the official app count in someone's appstore. But users, and the press, will pretty quickly sort the "apps" that are little more than web links from the real thing. They'll notice well when the must-have iOS or Android app is basically a placeholder. Microsoft spent way, way more money paying developers for Windows 7 Phone apps, and got lots of minimally functional junk. And of the more serious ports, few ever saw updates... MS only paid for the initial release.

    The one saving grace may be riding on Android. Assuming BlackberryOS provides the same Android app framework as the Playbook, they have some decent chance of getting full apps ported quickly. Not that this could ever best native Android, and it may potentially eliminate any real incentive to make "native" apps.
    Hazydave
  • All well & good if something USEFUL is created.

    The last thing we need is more useless games & stupid, childish apps.

    I have a Playbook, and was hoping that there would be some good Enterprise level applications for it when I bought it in November 2011. As of a few days ago...still nothing.

    It was a complete waste of $199.00, and if BB10 doesn't improve the situation...it's going an the shelf next to my copies of Microsoft Bob. The two should be happy together.
    IT_Fella
    • By now, you should have thrown MS Bob into the trash,

      and using it as an example to make your point, doesn't hold water.

      Try better examples of things you don't use and which you are really holding on to. MS Bob is never coming back, so keeping it on a shelf or in a closet, makes no sense, and lends lesser credibility to your argument.
      adornoe
  • Users Attract Developers To A Platform, Not The Other Way Round

    The success of Android over IOS proves that having the edge in apps is not a big factor in user acceptance of a platform. Instead, the devices must themselves be attractive to users out of the box, and then, if sufficient people buy them, the developers will be forced to follow, like it or not (cf all the specious moaning over "Android fragmentation").

    We have seen little evidence of such user-attractiveness in BB10 so far.
    ldo17
    • Yet, when people say the same thing for Surface tablets, and WP8, you

      attack the platform because, they don't have enough apps or enough devices sold, and when the number of users is creeping up to decent and acceptable levels, you will still say that WP8 and Surface are failures.

      Remember that, Android didn't start out with great sales numbers either, and it took a while before it even came close to competing with Apple.
      adornoe
      • Re: because, they don't have enough apps or enough devices sold

        Like I said, it's not the apps, it's the (lack of) devices sold that's the killer.
        ldo17
        • Guess you didn't read my whole set of comments, which also point

          at the Android smartphones and tablets, which didn't take off until a while after they were introduced. But here, you want to call MS's tablets and smartphones failures, because, they haven't taken off yet. So. why not be consistent with your expectations?
          adornoe
  • peanuts

    I make that per hour to work at home doing webMethods integration. Doesn't seem like a worthwhile endeavour to me :)
    wkriski@...