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BlackBerry App World revenue split to match iPhone's

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Tue April 20, 2010

RIM changes App World to support new billing

RIM has quietly changed the terms for BlackBerry App World in a way that gives similar terms to Apple. The smartphone creator is cutting back developers' revenue share from 80 percent of app sales to 70 percent to support new app purchasing options. New options to bill through the carrier and to buy directly with a credit card demand it, the company said.

The change puts App World's split on par with that at the iPhone's App Store as well as at other OEM-run mobile stores, such as Android Market and the Palm App Catalog. RIM has used the high payout to developers as an incentive to write apps since the store opened last year and has shifted the balance away from third-party stores like those of MobiHand, where channel sales have given developers as little as 60 percent.

Despite having a larger market share, RIM has had considerably fewer apps than others at just 6,773 apps as of press time versus over 38,000 for Android and 150,000 for the iPhone. RIM has always stressed quality over quantity but in some cases is carrying equivalents to Android and iPhone titles. [via BlackBerryOS]

by MacNN Staff



  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RIM Innovate?

    RIM Copyvate!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why are they copying Apple?

    RIM has greater market share and has been around a lot longer. They run the corporate smartphone networks. RIM should use a 50-50 split and set a new trend as the second place holder in market share and show Apple up once and for all as all the developers start jumping onto the steadily growing BlackBerry platform.

    All the pundits claim that Apple knows nothing about running an App Store properly and 185,000 apps plus 4 billion downloads means very little.

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