RIM Gives BlackBerry Developers Sugarcoated View Of Future
At BlackBerry DevCon Europe this week, RIM executives told a crowd of 2,000 developers that BlackBerry is the second most profitable platform for mobile developers after iOS. Alec Saunders, RIM's head of developer relations, cited data from Yankee Group that showed more revenue going through AppWorld than Android Market, and from Evans Data Corp, which recently said in a report that 13 percent of developers on AppWorld are making $100,000 or more.
Obviously RIM needs to get developers fired up after months and months of increasingly bad news. And the company has to find ways to drum up interest in its new BlackBerry 10 OS, which is scheduled to launch this year. But these sorts of claims, even if they are based on third party data, sound a bit over the top for a company that's struggling as much as RIM is at the moment.