RIM Entices Developers With $10K

Today’s mobile news roundup features: RIM “bribing” developers with $10K; Good Technology acquiring Copiun; and the EU approving carriers’ mobile wallets.

RIM bribes developers $10K

Ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch, Research in Motion already unveiled their plans that would guarantee the success of developers willing to make apps for them.  The first step is the “Built for BlackBerry” initiative coming this fall, wherein developers will be able to submit their BlackBerry 10 WebWorks or BlackBerry 10 Native apps for third-party review.  Apps that pass the quality check will get the “Built for BlackBerry” quality status, which developers can display on their site or the BlackBerry App World storefront.  This serves as a seal that lets people know that app can be trusted.

The second part is the $10K Developer Commitment that ensures revenue for developers.  RIM would help developers earn $10,000 if they develop apps for their platform.  So how does this actually work? Developers must first submit their BlackBerry 10 app to BlackBerry App World before BlackBerry 10 launches.  Here’s the catch, 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 but less than $10,000, RIM will pay you the difference between the revenue you earned and $10,000 USD.

“Developers are only eligible to receive this one time,” RIM said on their post.  “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!).”

Good Technology acquires Copiun

Good Technology, leader in secure enterprise mobility solutions, announced that they’ve signed an agreement to acquire Copiun Inc., a privately-held innovator in secure mobile collaboration that allows mobile users to directly and securely access file shares, Microsoft SharePoint or other document stores from anywhere without a VPN connection or firewall reconfiguration.  The acquisition will allow business workers to easily access, sync and share enterprise information from anywhere, at any time, using their mobile phone or tablet. The financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

EU approves carriers’ mobile wallet scheme

Last year, Vodafone, Telefónica (O2) and Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile and Orange) revealed their joint venture for a mobile wallet solution, but their competitors were quick to point out that the team up will hinder effective competition.  So the European Commission launched an antitrust probe regarding the joint venture.

Joaquín Almunia, from the office of the competition commission, released the Commission’s findings with regards to the probe.  Almunia approved the joint venture for mobile wallets stating that this does not hinder effective competition.

“Mobile commerce is a nascent sector that may radically change the consumer buying experience in the next few years,” Almunia said. “The proposed joint venture is one of several initiatives to develop the sector in Europe.”

“The Commission is keen on promoting innovation in this area and ensuring that the markets remain open so that a number of competing solutions can emerge without undue obstacles, to the benefit of consumers.”

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