Tuesday, 22 January 2013

20,000 new apps in 36 hours. Intense!

Well, that was a busy weekend!

As many will already know, Mippin built and runs the BlackBerry App Generator for BlackBerry - a simple-to-use website that allows any content owner to build native apps for BlackBerry in under 10 minutes, no coding required.

Last weekend, from midday Friday 18 Jan EST to midnight Saturday 19 Jan EST (36 hours in total) BlackBerry ran a port-a-thon challenge, encouraging developers and content owners globally to build and submit an app for BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry App Generator apps were a key part of the event, and the enthusiasm was overwhelming!

Across the 36 hours, we saw over 5,000 BlackBerry 10 apps built on the App Generator. And what's more, for each app we automatically built a separate binary for BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry OS5/6, OS7 and PlayBook... a total of over 20,000 unique app binaries.

That's one app every 7 seconds, for 36 hours!  Technically, that means that every 7 seconds we were invoking one of our cloud-based SDKs, compiling an app, signing the app using the BlackBerry signing server and automatically generating screenshots for BlackBerry World. Every 7 seconds. Amazing!

We can't wait for the launch of BlackBerry 10, and we know there's going to be plenty of apps in BlackBerry World to support it!


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