BlackBerry 10 was finally unveiled today by RIM during the 2012 BlackBerry World conference. RIM realizes that they need to make a splash at launch to garner any sort of momentum to compete against Android, iOS and, to an extent, Windows phone. One of the best ways to gain a foothold in the consumer market will be to have a robust selection of apps to choose from, and they’re hoping to do that by guaranteeing that developers will make $10,000 in the first year.
Yes, you read that right—developers are guaranteed to make $10,000. However, it’s not as simple as developing just any sort of app for BlackBerry 10 and cashing in on those benjamins.
First, developers will have to qualify and sign up for the certification program RIM is setting up. If the app you submit is quality certified and earns $1,000 on its own but falls short of the $10,000 mark, RIM will send you a check for the difference.
$10K is a pretty nice incentive for developers to create or ports their apps over to the BlackBerry 10 platform, and it looks like RIM is heavily invested in getting their OS up and running with a bang. Whether their new OS will be able to gain any traction is another story, but this certainly makes things interesting.
For those of you who haven’t seen the preview of BlackBerry 10, our very own Murani Lewis gives his thoughts on the preview shown right here and you can check the embedded video below.