RIM has announced that the BlackBerry 10 mobile OS has received 15,000 app submissions in less than 48 hours.
BlackBerry's apps submissions come from recent "portathon" held by RIM. The events were aimed at getting Android ported to into RIM's ecosystem, as well as encouraged development of native BlackBerry apps.
The popularity of the portathon was celebrated by RIM vice president of developer relations Alec Saunders.
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
Not all the app submissions are expected to make it onto BlackBerry 10 devices. Apps put up for submission will go through an evaluation process before getting the final go ahead.
Those apps that do get approval will receive $100 from RIM. Developers who are able to successfully port more than 10 apps to BlackBerry devices will also receive a free trip to the BlackBerry Jam event in Amsterdam.
The high number of submissions looks to be good news for the next iteration of the BlackBerry OS. RIM's new offering will have to compete with the likes of Android who currently offers almost 700,000 apps for download.
BlackBerry 10 also faces stiff competition in the business sector from the Windows Phone 8 OS. The recently unveiled platform currently has 120,000 apps in its Windows Store.
RIM has been making a serious push to get developers behind its new mobile OS. The firm guaranteed that developer's apps would make at least $10,000 in sales on the platform.
The BlackBerry 10 OS is set to launch by the end of January. RIM has pinned much of its hopes on the success of the platform. The company has struggled to keep up with its smartphone competitors in recent years.