BlackBerry 10 gets 15,000 apps in two days

The BlackBerry 10 operating system is set to launch in about two weeks, now with 15,000 more applications.

Research In Motion held two Port-A-Thon events on Friday — one focused on the BB 10 Community, and the other on Android developers. In total, it received 15,000 app submissions within 37.5 hours.

RIM's vice president of develop relations, Alec Saunders, tweeted the news Saturday night, comparing the event to running a marathon. "Thanks to all the devs!" he added.

Beginning at noon on Friday offering a number of incentives based on the volume of approved apps each vendor submitted. With a cap of 20 apps per person, developers porting one to five apps were able to earn $100 (£62) per app, while the first 200 participants to port five to 10 approved apps received one BlackBerry Dev Alpha Device and an additional $100 (£62). Even more extravagant was the prize for those who ported 10 or more apps: the first 10 developers received a paid trip to BlackBerry Jam Europe, on top of the prizes awarded to prior categories.

All apps are expected to be available in BlackBerry World on 21 January. Said deadline also relates to developer eligibility for the company's "10K commitment," a promotion where RIM guaranteed at least $10,000 (£6223) each if their app passes quality standards and makes $1,000 (£622) on its own.

RIM also held a separate but simultaneous event for Android developers, offering $100 (£62) per eligible app. Those who submitted five or more apps became eligible for a random drawing for one BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device.

For those developers who missed the weekend's events, RIM today announced its Last Chance Port-A-Thon, on 18 January beginning at noon. Similar to former Port-A-Thons, it will be a virtual event, so people can log on from anywhere to participate.