If you’ve got a great idea for a BlackBerry app, you might as well go ahead and develop it. If you don’t make at least $10,000 in the first year, RIM will write you a check for the difference.
At the company’s annual hype-fest today in Orlando, Fla., RIM announced that any developer creating quality applications for the new BlackBerry 10 would be guaranteed the $10,000 sum, so long as a couple of key conditions are met.
First, the app has to be determined to be of good quality by a third party. Second, the app has to make at least $1,000 on its own to be eligible. If it gets the requisite quality certification and nets between $1,000 and $9,999, RIM will send the app developer enough to bring the app’s total proceeds to $10,000.
BlackBerry 10 is the company’s new platform. New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins (pictured) called it a “mobile computing engine.”
The OS is based on the QNX operating system used in RIM’s PlayBook’s tablet. The OS features a simple, clean interface; a pared-down selection of buttons and widgets; and a swipe-able notifications bar. Also, BlackBerry 10 apps never stop running, which means users will be able to easy juggle multiple apps.
Although tracing the tracks of RIM’s tears has becoming something of a sport among the tech press, contrarians see a chance of success for the mobile oldster. In addition to revamping its OS, the company has also taken on a new team of lawyers to assist with a corporate overhaul.