‘Portathon’ event encourages devs to port Android apps to BB10 platform.
Research In Motion is set to reveal BlackBerry 10 at the end of this month, but that isn’t stopping the company from already building up buzz around their upcoming new OS.
In a tweet posted by Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations – Research In Motion, nearly 15,000 apps were ported to the BlackBerry 10 platform. The ‘Portathon’ included a session with Android developers, who were encouraged to port their apps to BB10. BlackBerry has previously touted the porting of Android apps when it launched the BlackBerry Playbook, which allowed Android apps to run on the Playbook with a few restrictions.
RIM has previously offered cash prizes and BB10 Alpha devices to keen developers, and it’s putting as much force as it can into the BB10 launch event at the end of this month. Many tech analysts are eagerly waiting to see what BlackBerry 10 can bring to the handset manufacturer, which has suffered greatly in past years from declining sales against the likes of Apple and Android. While RIM may have some catching up to do, it remins to be seen if BlackBerry 10 really can put the company back on the mobile map.