The BlackBerry developer relations team have been busy preparing for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch scheduled for 30 January. With just two weeks to go, the latest BlackBerry Community & Android Port-A-Thons saw over 1,000 developers around the world submitting more than 15,000 apps for BlackBerry 10 in 37.5 hours.
Mobile app developer Eric Harty commented on the impressive feat in a tweet that said “Impressive. I remember it taking over a year for App World to get its first 6,300 apps…”. The event broke that number in just nine hours.
Research In Motion is pushing the message that BlackBerry 10 is a platform that is easy to develop for. In senior marketing manager Lou Gazzola’s recap of the event, he said “We’ve witnessed a huge transition of developers who now believe in the potential for success on the platform and take the time to create an incredible number of apps. The RIM team creating our developer SDKs and tools have made it easy for developers to bring their apps to BlackBerry 10 – in the language you like writing in.”
The smartphone pioneer had its partners available with representatives from Marmalade, AppendTo, PhoneGap and Appcelerator participating to support the participating developers.
With the countdown coming to a close for the launch of the BlackBerry 10 devices, ReadWriteWeb did a feature on how the company just might be getting their distribution strategy right. At the BlackBerry Jam Americas, CEO Thorsten Heins mentioned that with BlackBerry 10, the company had a clear shot at being the number three platform on the market. With this final push, does the future of the Canadian smartphone company seem just a bit more brighter?
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