Beleaguered RIM claims BlackBerry App World more profitable than Google’s Android Market

“Research in Motion announced on Tuesday that its BlackBerry App World is the second most profitable mobile application store behind Apple’s App Store, beating out Google’s Android Market,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.
“At a developer’s conference in Amsterdam, new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was joined by vice president of developer relations, Alec Saunders, who declared App World to be the second-most-profitable mobile platform,” Oliver reports. “He said that’s based on the fact that RIM has more paid downloads available than the Android Market, where most software options are free, according to PaidContent.“

Oliver reports, “Heins, who took over as CEO of RIM last month, said on Tuesday that 65 percent of the population of Europe, the Middle East and Africa are still using feature phones, which he believes gives RIM an opportunity to regain some ground lost to iOS and Android. Though RIM was once dominant in the corporate world, it has lost traction there with major companies like Halliburton, as AppleInsider exclusively reported this week that the energy service corporation plans to phase out thousands of employee BlackBerrys and switch to Apple’s iPhone.”

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