RIM offers $10,000 guarantee for certified Blackberry 10 apps

Research in Motion is going to be putting some money where its mouth is in terms of making sure Blackberry 10 app creators are happy. Reporting from today's Blackberry 10 Jam developers conference (part of Blackberry World), Crackberry.com reports that RIM is offering Blackberry 10 app developers a $10,000 guarantee.

What does this mean? Basically, the app maker is guaranteed by RIM to be paid $10,000 in revenue for a Blackberry 10 app's first year. If for some reason the app doesn't make that amount in the first year, RIM will pay the difference.

Naturally, getting that $10,000 check won't be quite that simple. The app must go through RIM's quality certification process, which apparently includes an inspection by a third party, in order to get that quality certification label. The app must also be sold on the company's BlackBerry App World store.

However, the fact that RIM is making this kind of move at all shows that the company knows that a smartphone and its operating system are only as good as the quality apps that are available for those products. It will be interesting to see how app developers will respond to this promise of money, even if the app doesn't sell well.

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So they think they will get developers to develop their apps for the 1 BBOS 10 phone as opposed to, I don't know... the many hundreds of android phones and OS versions with $10,000... RIM just save your money and maybe concentrate on developing a real OS.

The only reason security firms like your OS anyways is bc no one cares to hack it, and oh boy if you enter the pw 10 times, oh noes... You think the other companies' cannot come up with something better than this 15yr old security??

Q/A doesn´t mean the program is useful, it means that the program is bug free, user friendly, compatible, nice gui and secure to use. For example a program that tell your horoscope and your lucky number is useless but probably will pass Q/A.

Rolf Lorenz said,
Q/A doesn´t mean the program is useful, it means that the program is bug free, user friendly, compatible, nice gui and secure to use. For example a program that tell your horoscope and your lucky number is useless but probably will pass Q/A.

While I see your point, at the same time you are assuming the criteria for QA which may not necessarily be true for this case.

This can bring a lot of useless apps to BB. Lets do maths, most of developers know developers and they have friends also. If you get 200 people who buy one app for $5 each you make a profit $9,000. The most likely scenario is a developer making a useless app in one week or less, he contact some friend ask them to buy this apps, sales reach $1,000 and suddenly this app stop selling.
"Bye Bye BB" RIP and sure they will be filling a bankruptcy form this year to get a grant from the government and get one extra year life span.

Rolf Lorenz said,
This can bring a lot of useless apps to BB. Lets do maths, most of developers know developers and they have friends also. If you get 200 people who buy one app for $5 each you make a profit $9,000. The most likely scenario is a developer making a useless app in one week or less, he contact some friend ask them to buy this apps, sales reach $1,000 and suddenly this app stop selling.
"Bye Bye BB" RIP and sure they will be filling a bankruptcy form this year to get a grant from the government and get one extra year life span.

Tsk Tsk... If you would taken your time reading the article fully first before commenting you will know that it says that all the apps will go through a quality assurance procedure before they are able to take benefit from this, the Q/A will be done both by RIM and a third party.

Rolf Lorenz said,
This can bring a lot of useless apps to BB. Lets do maths, most of developers know developers and they have friends also. If you get 200 people who buy one app for $5 each you make a profit $9,000. The most likely scenario is a developer making a useless app in one week or less, he contact some friend ask them to buy this apps, sales reach $1,000 and suddenly this app stop selling.
"Bye Bye BB" RIP and sure they will be filling a bankruptcy form this year to get a grant from the government and get one extra year life span.
Maths is no good if you can't read.

Aren't RIM missing the point here???
Make a device that is good looking and does 'exactly what it says on the tin" and people will buy it. No need to buy the developers! Just invest in the R&D and make a device that fits the mass market and you onto a winner...
Simples!
I think there are only 3 mobile manufacturers i can see standing the test of time... Apple and HTC and Samsung...

mammix2 said,
Aren't RIM missing the point here???
Make a device that is good looking and does 'exactly what it says on the tin" and people will buy it. No need to buy the developers! Just invest in the R&D and make a device that fits the mass market and you onto a winner...
Simples!
I think there are only 3 mobile manufacturers i can see standing the test of time... Apple and HTC and Samsung...

By that logic Windows Phone should have seen blockbuster sales but reality is far from it.

mammix2 said,
Aren't RIM missing the point here???
Make a device that is good looking and does 'exactly what it says on the tin" and people will buy it. No need to buy the developers! Just invest in the R&D and make a device that fits the mass market and you onto a winner...
Simples!
I think there are only 3 mobile manufacturers i can see standing the test of time... Apple and HTC and Samsung...

you need the full package, and the full package is app support

this is just to get it kick started, something Microsoft should definitely have done with WP7

deadonthefloor said,
Is the SDK going to be on par with existing mobile SDKs and tools?
That's the real question.

Ofc it won't. I bet it will still use a horrific qt based sdk.

Your app has to make $1,000 before it can become eligible for the $10,000. Quite a nice incentive IMO. Might tempt some developers to simply port existing apps since assets won't necessarily have to be redone and it'll simply be case of coding using the BB SDK.