RIM announces 15,000 new apps for BB10

RIM announces 15,000 new apps for BB10

Research In Motion has revealed that 15,000 applications were submitted in just 37.5 hours over the weekend as developers rush to make their tools available ahead of the launch of the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system.

Alec Saunders, RIM's vice president of developer relations, took to Twitter to thank the firms hard at work getting their apps ready for approval.

"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!" he posted over the weekend.

The OS is set to launch at the end of this month and BlackBerry has been running a Community Port-A-Thon to help developers get their applications ready for the big launch.

Developers are hoping to cash in on the incentives laid out by RIM ahead of the launch of BB10, with the Canadian firm guaranteeing firms that produce apps $10,000 if their tools generate $1,000 on their own, with RIM paying the difference for those that fall short of the $10,000 mark.

All of the 15,000 applications that were submitted during the two day spell will not be approved, but it is likely that a whole host will make it to the BlackBerry App World, making life a lot easier for professionals who decide to plump for the new OS and even a new handset.

RIM could be set to launch as many as six new smartphones in 2013, which will cater to low, mid and high-end users, the first of which is rumoured to be landing at the end of February, a month after the launch of BB10.

Last week, RIM chief marketing officer Frank Boulben promised that at least 70,000 apps would be ready by launch date, slightly less than the 100,000 projected by chief executive Thorsten Heins, but still an impressive figure.

The final Port-A-Thon will begin on January 18th and will run for 36 hours, with developers earning $100 for each app entered and approved, up to a maximum of 20 applications.