RIM getting its apps in order ahead of BlackBerry 10 launch

RIM has been actively courting developers ahead of the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform. A persistent critique of BlackBerry devices has been size of the BlackBerry App World, which is dwarfed by Apple's App Store.

RIM has been actively courting developers ahead of the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform. A persistent critique of BlackBerry devices has been size of the BlackBerry App World, which is dwarfed by Apple’s App Store.

Research in Motion (TSX:RIM) today said it will release the “gold version” of the BlackBerry 10 Software Development Kit on December 11th.

In a post today on the “Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog” the company said that launch will be preceded by a softer beta update on November 29th that will include “bug fixes, but also an important update for Web developers as our BlackBerry® WebWorks™ HTML5 tools will be updated to offer more functionality and to draw closer to parity with our Native tools.”

RIM has been actively courting developers ahead of the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform. A persistent critique of BlackBerry devices has been size of the BlackBerry App World, which is dwarfed by Apple’s App Store.

RIM’s PR efforts haven’t been helped by the fact that some household names have abandoned BlackBerry altogether. In February, Netflix went as far as to announce from its Twitter account that “We don’t have any current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including PlayBook.” And the now Microsoft-owned Skype, which was available for BlackBerry 7 devices, has yet to make an announcement about its availability for BlackBerry 10.

Still, BlackBerry App World, which now has more than 105,000 apps, includes name brands such as Pandora, Angry Birds, Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Related: Five reasons people will want a BlackBerry 10 Phone

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  • GoRixter

    Wow RIM actually has a few apps! As a long time BlackBerry user, I’ve suffered through so many OS upgrades, and each one made many of the existing apps incompatible. Take PayPal for example. BlackBerry App World relies on PayPal for payment of apps and yet there isn’t even PayPal app that works with OS v6. How stupid is that, and that is only one example. This is truly RIM’s last stand and chance to get things right.

  • ThirdCoastThinker

    Not sure if you know how to properly use app world but on my 9800 torch( v. 6), my paypal app works fine… Maybe u need a lesson on how to use a smartphone or something….

  • GoRixter

    I’ve got a 9780 running 6.0.0.723. If I go to App World and search for PayPal I can’t find any specific app. Lots of apps that use PayPal but not a specific PayPal app. If I access http://m.paypal.com and choose “Get the PayPal App”, I get redirected back to App World where the header clearly states “Unavailable for this device”.
    So you tell me where to get the app since you seem to know

  • IhateStupidPeople

    Here’s a tip: Upgrade to OS7, and then give it a twirl. It’s not BB’s fault you’re too cheap to try to upgrade your phone.

  • GoRixter

    Certainly are some fanboys on this thread. What a bright answer. If RIM can’t fix the software problems, just spend more money upgrading to a new platform and the problems will go away.

  • Ann-Louise Winter

    It’s like any device, my friend, as an older OS, it has fewer functions. As you Can upgrade to OS 7, it is worth it to do so as the functionality is much better.