Quality matters. You heard it from Alec Saunders in May at BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando. Quite simply, better apps have a greater chance of success. We feel the best way to help you reach that success is to be fully committed to supporting our developer community’s efforts. Quality is the cornerstone of the developer experience improvements we’ve been working on, and RIM is dedicated to working with developers to bring the best apps to our customers.
Two of the ways Alec outlined our commitment to quality in the developer community and app ecosystem are with regards to app reviews and the 10K commitment. Today we’re excited to share more information on these initiatives: Built for BlackBerry and the $10K Developer Commitment.
In the Built for BlackBerry program coming this fall, you will be able to submit BlackBerry 10 WebWorks™ or BlackBerry 10 Native apps for third-party review. This will be free (for now). BlackBerry 10 apps that pass will receive “Built for BlackBerry” quality status, which you can display on your site, in the BlackBerry App World storefront – anywhere you market your apps. This is a great opportunity for professional developers to powerfully differentiate their apps in BlackBerry App World.
You don’t need to complete any additional registration beyond your existing BlackBerry App World Vendor account. You just need to submit your app, sign your life away with our Terms and Conditions (I kid!), and you’re all set.
Tied to the Built for BlackBerry program will be our revenue guarantee for BlackBerry 10 apps. With the$10K Developer Commitment, we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We know our dev community is the best out there, and we’re as committed to your success as you are.
Here are some of the details on this offer: You must submit your BlackBerry 10 app to BlackBerry App World prior to the launch of BlackBerry 10 (more to come on specific dates). Your app needs to independently earn $1,000 USD in net revenue in BlackBerry App World – this can include digital goods sold through the Payment Service SDK (in-app payments).
If your app earns at least $1,000 USD on its own, but less than $10,000 USD, RIM will pay you the difference between the revenue you earned and $10,000 USD. Developers are only eligible to receive this one time. If your app earns less than $1,000 USD on its own, you don’t qualify. If your app earns more than $10,000 USD – awesome! – you still don’t qualify (and don’t need the money anyway!).
Quality matters. And we have every confidence in our developer community’s ability to be successful, so keep those BlackBerry 10 apps coming! With your creativity and ingenuity, backed by our mutual commitment to quality, the BlackBerry 10 app ecosystem is going to be the best in the world.
More information on these initiatives is available on the BlackBerry Developer site.