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RIM Promises BlackBerry Developers Will Earn at Least $10,000 Per App

Aiming to convince developers the next BlackBerry operating system is worth betting on, Research In Motion is promising that quality apps will earn at least $10,000.

The company said it will put its money where its mouth is, guaranteeing that amount for apps that meet certain quality levels and are submitted to its App World store before the launch of BlackBerry 10-based devices.

“Quality certified apps submitted to App World before launch will earn at least $10,000 in the 1st year on the market,” RIM said in a post on Twitter Tuesday, echoing comments made at its BlackBerry World conference in Orlando.

Gaining developer support for the new operating system will be critical for RIM, which has seen developer support wane as the company has been losing market share in recent years.

Earlier on Tuesday, RIM outlined several pieces of the new operating system, showed off a developer prototype running the software and brought out several partners that are building applications for BB10.

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