well there you have it.37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this portathon.Feel like I've run a marathon.Thanks to all the devs!— Alec Saunders (@asaunders) January 13, 2013
If you were still questioning how committed developers are to BlackBerry 10, perhaps the latest BlackBerry port-a-thon can clear things up. The 36-hour event which asked for developers to port their apps to BlackBerry 10 before launch offered up $100USD for each eligible app and even promised a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha to qualifying developers. While we knew that plenty of devs would turn up to bring their apps over to BlackBerry 10, we had no idea it would be this many.
During the event, many of the BlackBerry developer team at RIM sent tweets letting us know how high the app count was. They noted 2,500, 5,000, 11,000 and then an amazing total of over 15,000 apps in just 37.5 hours. It's a pretty awesome tally overall. Add that to the already large number of apps that BlackBerry World has seen for BlackBerry 10 so far and it looks like we'll most definitely not have a shortage of available apps come launch day. Pretty exciting stuff for developers and BlackBerry users. Go Team BlackBerry!!
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