Research in Motion plans to launch the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the coming weeks, and when they hit the streets there will be tens of thousands of apps ready to download from the BlackBerry World store. Over the past few weeks those numbers have gone way up as RIM has held “Port-A-Thons” to encourage Android app developers to port their apps to BB10.

In fact, last weekend alone, the company says more than 19,000 apps were submitted to BlackBerry World.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

One of the challenges facing any new operating system at launch is the limited number of apps available for a new platform. There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for Android and iOS, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry trailing pretty far behind.

But RIM is hoping to get a bit of a head start by making it easy to port Android apps to its platform. Like the BlackBerry PlayBook OS for tablets, BB10 has a Java virtual machine that can run many Android apps with just a few minor tweaks — which is why it was possible for so many developers to repackage their Android apps as BlackBerry apps in such a short period of time.

The fact that RIM is offering cash incentives and other prizes probably hasn’t hurt either.

via Digital Trends

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5 replies on “Developers port thousands of Android apps to BlackBerry in advance of BB10 launch”

  1. That’s all they can do is port stuff from Android?
    Yeah, that’s a vibrant and thriving ecosystem.
    That’s probably not being entirely fair, but it WAS my first impression.

    1. Why would they do more when this is enough?

      RIM got to great lengths to make it easy to port Android programs. Why would any ISV do more for an unproven platform?

  2. Is that what it actually looks like? Apple is so going to suuuuuuuuuue lol.

    1. And if they did, I might actually be inclined to agree with them because that looks like an iPhone to me. Not a Samsung.

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