In something of a frenzied sprint to the finish line that is the BlackBerry 10 release date event next week, upwards of 19,000 additional BB10 apps have been ported to RIM, resulting in the company extending its existing deadline for submissions. It seems the Canadian company has no intention of stunting its own chances to deliver the kind of apps library no other OS has ever been able to upon launch date.
Last time around, RIM’s BlackBerry 10 app-fest port-a-thon resulted in a good 15,000 completed apps being submitted for the new OS and device range, which was enough to capture the attention of even the most ardent of critics. This time the number has rocketed to 19,000 as RIM moves Heaven and Earth to build a truly remarkable app library, while developers make the most of the deal-sweeteners being offered by Heins and his team.
Wheels are being greased the world over to the tune of $100 for each app submission that is successfully added to the BlackBerry 10 app library. What’s more, RIM has offered a guaranteed whereby any app the surpasses the $1,000 mark in terms of revenue will be guaranteed at least $10,000 in total sales – even if this means RIM having to pay the balance to the app developers.
As of now, the deadline for app submissions has been extended to February 8th, which may to some extent give us some idea as to when RIM is actually planning to schedule the BlackBerry 10 release date for. We already know that the BlackBerry Z10 and X10 Smartphones will be unveiled alongside the new OS on January 30th, though when the devices will hit store shelves is another thing altogether.
And now more than ever, RIM simply cannot afford any further delays or setbacks.