Over the weekend RIM held a 36-hour “BlackBerry port-a-thon” and dev submitted a whopping 15,000 apps. There’s no word on how many will be approved, but this is an impressive number and only confirms the interest in building apps for RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.
RIM posted a note on their company blog this morning to remind devs who want to possibly score a “Limited Edition BlackBerry 10″ smartphone must have their apps built, signed, and submitted to BlackBerry World by January 21st – which is only 1-week away from today. Of course, not all devs will be lucky enough to grab the Limited Edition BB10 device as there’s strict terms and conditions and your BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha must be returned, but it’s worth a shot. If you’re part of the group to get hold of a Limited Edition BB10 smartphone – which looks like it’s be the all-touch – then you can expect it to hit your mailbox within “six to eight weeks after the BlackBerry 10 launch on January 30, 2013.”
Frank Boulben, RIM’s CMO, recently noted that “at launch we will have more than 70,000 apps available.” RIM is 16 days away from officially unveiling BlackBerry 10 and the two new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.