Renewed Developer Interest Gives BlackBerry a Boost

With just days remaining before Research in Motion unveils its new BlackBerry 10 line, RIM is on the receiving end of consistent waves of positive headlines.

Last week during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, executives from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile confirmed plans to offer coverage for the BlackBerry 10 products.

On Monday, more good news came BlackBerry’s way as word spread that mobile app developers are enthusiastically preparing apps for for new devices.

Over the weekend, developers flocked to the new operating system with their application submissions.

“37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this portathon,” tweeted BlackBerry Development Head Alec Saunders. “Feel like I’ve run a marathon.”

Although critics of the “Port-A-Thon” claim that monetizing the app submission process (accepted eligible apps came with a $100 payday) falsifies the appearance of developer enthusiasm, any interest among developers is never an unhealthy sign for a mobile operating system, particularly at a time when the mobile landscape is dominated by just two players – of which BlackBerry is neither.

BlackBerry 10 products will be formally unveiled January 30th.