RIM Offer Developers Guarantee of $10,000

News Article - Thursday, 03 May 2012 12:20

By: Kerry Butters Category: Connectivity

RIM has announced that it will offer guaranteed minimum payments of $10,000 (£6,200) to developers who make apps for Blackberry 10 at the annual developer’s conference held recently in Florida.

However, apps must have made a minimum of £1000 on their own and must meet RIM’s quality threshold as well as comply with terms and conditions. Developers who attended the conference were given an early version of RIM’s development kit in order to allow them to begin working on apps before the launch of the new Blackberry.

RIM's vice president of developer relations, Alec Saunders, said that the number of apps in the App World store has grown from 70,000 at the beginning of the year to 99,500 and described the guarantee as a "massive investment in quality".

However, a quarter of the new apps were developed for the Playbook tablet.

The news didn’t appear to impress investors as shares fell 6% in the wake of the announcement; RIM reported a $125 million loss in the last quarter.

It’s not entirely clear how an app becomes certified though, and this wasn’t made any clearer at the conference, but it’s thought that the full set of criteria will be released later this year. However, this doesn’t help developers who are intending to begin work on a Blackberry 10 app using the released kit.

The incentive is intended to woo developers into producing apps for the new platform but many were sceptical about how the old system would work alongside new software. RIM is all too aware that a device without apps is very likely to fail; the company only needs to look to webOS for an example of that.

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