BlackBerry 10 Getting More Developer Support, Claims RIM

July 16, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has been trying to ride the stormy weather for some time now. It has been plagued by disappointing financial numbers and delay in the launch of the much-awaited OS, BlackBerry 10.

Then we came across a report by Baird Equity Research which suggested that BlackBerry 10 developers were either leaving the OS for greener pastures or are not confident that it can bring long-term success.

This one is the latest in the long list of disappointing news for RIM, so naturally the company isn’t very excited to have it floating in the internet.

In an attempt to dispel the notion that developers’ enthusiasm for BlackBerry 10 is falling, Alec Saunders, RIM developer relations vice president, took to the BlackBerry Developer Blog to claim that numbers in the report were not gelling with what is in the real world.

He claimed that BlackBerry App World vendor base has grown by 157% in the past year. He also said that over 15,000 apps have been added to the BlackBerry PlayBook catalog since the beginning of this year. About 3 million apps have been downloaded from BlackBerry App World since its launch, he claimed.

Saunders also pointed out that the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour is happening now in 23 cities around the world and it has seen “over capacity registration” in nearly every city.

The developers may be excited for BlackBerry 10, but the real task is to retain them once the OS is released. If RIM can pull that off, then the company might just be headed for a rebound.

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