Porting ≠ Creating

Via a tweet, RIM’s Alec Saunders claims 15,000 apps were migrated to operate in the BlackBerry 10 OS. The headline for Kristen Bent’s related story on CRN reads “RIM Receives 15,000 New Apps for BlackBerry 10 In Three Days.”

The rush of new apps resulted from RIM's "Port-a-Thon" events, which encouraged developers to take any applications not already compatible with BlackBerry 10 and "port" them over to the new platform…RIM confirmed this week that the final number of submitted apps came to 15,000.

That headline is a bit misleading: sure, these apps are new for BlackBerry 10, but they’re far from new as in created anew. Porting is one thing, but recycling doesn’t necessarily indicate a healthy app environment.