By Sumit Passary email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 15, 2013 08:25 PM EST
Research In Motion (RIM) recently hosted its Port-A-Thon event where the company invited developers to submit their apps for its latest BlackBerry 10 OS, and the company disclosed that it has received 15000 apps within just 37.5 hours.
RIM seems to be on track for its event on Jan. 30, where the company will release its BlackBerry 10 OS along with new smartphones running the latest OS. To have a successful launch, one of the key things which RIM needs to ensure is that there are enough apps in the Blackberry App World for users.
"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!" tweeted Alec Saunders, Vice President of developer relations, RIM.
The BlackBerry 10 Community Port-A-Thon started on Jan. 11 from 12:00:00 EST and wrapped up on Jan. 12 23:59:00 EST.
"This is a virtual event so you can log in from the comfort of your home, from your desk at work or even get friends together and have a porting party. Wherever you happen to be join us; our experts will be there for the entire 36 hours to help you port or build your applications for BlackBerry 10," per the BlackBerry Developers Event Web page.
The company encouraged developers with a $100 cash incentive for every approved app. In addition to the money, RIM also offered its gadgets to those developers who submitted and got their apps approved.
Nearly 15,000 submitted apps in just 37 hours is impressive; however, not all apps will be approved. Additionally, RIM will also have to bear in mind that Android and iOS users have access to thousands of apps through their respective app stores.
BlackBerry devices have struggled enormously with rivals eating up its market share. We will have to wait and see if the launch of BlackBerry 10 will turn the tide in RIM's favor once again.