BlackBerry 10 is just over the horizon, and we’ll get the full scoop on the new platform right at the end of January. Any new platform is going to face some initial struggles, and app availability can be a key hurdle to overcome; after all, even the most impressive smartphone platform won’t develop much of a following if there aren’t any good apps to run on it. A little earlier this month we heard RIM estimate that it should have about 70,000 BB10 apps available in time for launch, and it sounds like it’s making solid progress towards that figure, announcing that recent porting efforts have resulted in 15,000 apps being submitted for approval in under the span of two days.
Indeed, it only took 36 hours for participants in RIM’s BB10 Port-A-Thon to hit the 15,000 app goal. It’s too early to say just how many of those will meet approval and end up available when the platform launches, but it’s bound to be a sizable fraction.
This number doesn’t even account for apps originally developed for Android and ported to BB10, for which RIM was running a separate porting event. We know, quantity doesn’t indicate quality, but it’s still nice to know that BB10 will launch with a decent selection of apps already available.