Our comrades CrackBerry Kevin and Android Central's own Richard Devine are in Amsterdam this week for BlackBerry's DevCon Europe, and once again new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has brought up Android as he walked through the success of BlackBerry App World.
Now, you might have seen headlines already this morning that stated BlackBerry apps are more profitable -- that they make more money -- than Android or iOS apps in general. That's not quite what Heins said. Here's the the actual quote, taken from CrackBerry's video of the keynote. (And confirmed with RIM PR.)
BlackBerry is one of the most profitable platforms to work for. Very clearly, developers are making money on BlackBerry and PlayBook today. There is a study from Evans Data that show that 13 percent of all Blackberry developers made more than $100,000 from App World.
That is more than from any iPhone or Android application. And I think that speaks to the economic power of our platform. ... More than 2 billion applications have been downloaded from BB App World today. Every day, 6 million applications get downloaded from App World. That's a fantastic number.
So what Heins is saying is that BlackBerry has a higher percentage -- 13 percent -- of developers making more than $100,000, a higher percentage than iOS or Android developers. And that's a stat he's given before.
We have no doubt that the Android Market's doing a little better than BlackBerry's App World. In its Q4 2011 earnings call, Google announced that some 11 billion apps had been downloaded from the Android Market -- 1 billion of them coming in December alone.
But on the other hand, there's ol' CrackBerry Kevin buying $500 clock widgets, so we can't help but wonder how skewed RIM's numbers might be. (We kid, we kid.)