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RIM claims big numbers and big money for the BlackBerry App World

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday February 07, 2012.

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Much of the positive talk concerning app stores these days has to do with either Apple's iTunes App Store or Google's Android Market, but RIM wants everyone to know that its own BlackBerry App World is thriving, and perhaps more importantly, making money for developers.

Speaking at the BlackBerry DevCon Europe conference, RIM's VP for Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, boasted that the BlackBerry App World sees over six million downloads each and every day, totaling 174 million per month or over 2 billion a year. Saunders says that each BlackBerry user averages 30 apps downloaded a year.

Looking at the cold hard cash, Saunders claims that the App World earns developers 40 percent more revenue than the Android Market, and its profitability is number two just behind the iTunes App Store. RIM says that 13 percent of BlackBerry developers have earned a cool $100,000 from apps sold in the App World.

Of course, outside of RIM's bubble, the BlackBerry app situation might not be as peachy as the company claims. Many big-name developers have ignored the platform for a variety of reasons, and others are dropping support for it to focus their efforts elsewhere (the recent announcement by KAYAK being a prime example). If RIM is able to actually release a compelling product with BlackBerry 10, this could change, but despite the company's grandiose claims, we would expect many developers to continue to focus their efforts on Android and iOS for the time being. [via The Verge]

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