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BlackBerry developers earn more from their creations than those writing on iOS or Android

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BlackBerry developers earn more from their creations than those writing on iOS or Android
Evans Data Corp. recently completed research to see which mobile platform was the most profitable for developers to write for. And surprisingly, despite constantly faulted for not having enough app choices, the BlackBerry OS was named as the best money making OS for developers. 400 commercial developers were polled and it turned out that 13% of 'Berry app developers make $100,000 or more from their creation. Evans Data says that the figure is "considerably more than Android or iOS developers".

In the same report, Evans Data showed that it had asked the same 400 developers about what their biggest complaint about app stores is. The most votes went to App Visibility with 37.3% of the response. The approval process and restrictions came in 2nd and 3rd with 26.9% and 22.9% of the votes, respectively.

Asked to pick which app store will be on top two years from now, 30.2% of the 400 developers selected the Android Market with Apple's App Store a close second with 28.4% of the vote. Windows Marketplace came in third, followed by Nokia's Ovi Store. BlackBerry App World came in seventh.

source: EvansDataCorp. via Crackberry

Results from the polling of 400 commercial developers by Evans Data Corp.
Results from the polling of 400 commercial developers by Evans Data Corp.

Results from the polling of 400 commercial developers by Evans Data Corp.


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posted on 24 Sep 2011, 05:56 2

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its not that shocking. it has one of the highest average app prices and not a whole lot of apps... so there is less competition among similar apps. There are still quite a few blackberrys out there regardless of if we geeks think its a dead platform or not.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 16:13

8. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I saw a similar report to W7 developers making more money as well, for the same reason. Not nearly the same amount of competition. Great for the devlopers, not so much for the consumers. If I go with W7 like I am leaning right now, there are at least 3 apps I would like to get that are not available to me on W7 but would be on the Android Market.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 08:18 1

2. Krhoefle (unregistered)


Remixfa has it half right for sure - however, end-users swarmed to Blackberry when they did not understand the difference between a "Smart Phone" and the "email machine."

These people created a brand category in a name "Blackberry." However, it falls short compared to the "Smart Phone" category and developers didn't line up for apps in the same way. Blackberry's end result is a thin app environment with low choice and high price for the end-user. Android is the future.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 10:04 1

4. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


I agree. To be honest, i feel that in it's pursuit to retain it's originality, they're sacrificing too much functionality for it to be a viable phone. They provide really small screens with really small keyboards, just to retain that original design, and sometimes get priced snugly among the top-tier of Androids and iOS-es. Their processors aren't exactly out-of-this-world either. Even their new sliders are really making unnecessary sacrifices by maintaining its vertical-sliding rather than horizontal-sliding, the style that most qwerty smartphone adopts for better screen and key size. Just my 2 cents, as I don't know much about BBs.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 09:17

3. tomahan (unregistered)


It is even more surprising result when you consider that large enterprises using Blackberries block apps from being installed. So there are many corporate users who can't even install apps on their phones.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 10:18

5. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


With only 17000 apps, and a few thousand free, it is very surprising that RIM developers make more money. Yes, there are apps which are much more expensive but quite a number goes from 1-$7. Some go as high as $40. I wouldn't be surprised if there are more expensive ones- which is ridiculous, but people still buy them.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 12:49

7. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


i saw a couple themes, yes themes, for $89.99 in the appworld. it was rediculous.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 12:30

11. AndroidLvr (unregistered)


$90.00 is rediculous for the cost of a theme for blackberry. Android is a much better in my opinion. There are far more apps in the android market and so much more you can do with the phones. Blackberries are old school smart phones. LOL

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