One of the biggest struggles RIM will likely have with the release of BlackBerry 10 is on the app front.
In preparation for the operating system's debut, the company held a Port-A-Thon this past weekend. The 36-hour event let developers port over their existing apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform, and earn cash -– and developer devices -– in the process.
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Starting at 12 p.m. ET last Friday, RIM invited developers to a “porting party” to bring their apps to BlackBerry 10 before launch. Experts of the OS were constantly on hand to help with the process.
The event actually ran a little long –- 37.5 hours -– but in the end, RIM was able to reach its goal of approving an astounding 15,000 apps over the course of one weekend.
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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!
— Alec Saunders (@asaunders) January 13, 2013
RIM gave developers $100 for each app that was approved for BlackBerry App World. The first 200 developers to port between five and 10 apps scored a BlackBerry Dev Alpha device, while the first 10 developers to submit more than 10 approved apps received a paid trip to BlackBerry Jam Europe to celebrate the launch of BlackBerry 10.
RIM's latest OS is set to debut on Jan. 30.
[via The Verge]
BlackBerry 10 Lock Screen
You unlock a BlackBerry 10 device by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
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