RIM: Blackberry apps more profitable than Android apps

Research in Motion is doing some damage control today as its hosts its DevCon Europe event in Amsterdam. Crackberry.com reports that during a presentation today, RIM's VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders, made the claim that app developers who make products for the Blackberry operating system will make more money than those who make apps for Google's Android OS.

Saunders states that Blackberry apps create 40 percent more revenue than those on Android. That's in part due to the fact that more apps on RIM's Blackberry App World story are paid apps, compared to Android were a larger percentage of apps are free.

Saunders also stated:

BlackBerry is one of the most profitable platforms to work for. Very clearly, developers are making money on BlackBerry and PlayBook today. There is a study from Evans Data that shows that 13 percent of all Blackberry developers made more than $100,000 from App World. That is more than from any iPhone or Android application. And I think that speaks to the economic power of our platform.

The App World store has so far seen over 2 billion downloads, compared to Android Market's 11 billion and Apple's iOS App Store 15 billion. Saunders said that App World now has over 60,000 applications to download, which is about the same as Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace but far below the number of apps available on the Android Market and the App Store.

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