Thorsten Heins, Research In Motion's recently anointed CEO, pitched European developers Tuesday, urging them to write for the platform and asserting that the phone-maker was "ready to compete" despite its declining market share. Heins said 13% of BlackBerry developers earn in excess of $100,000, adding that the smartphone market remains a nascent one. "Sixty-five percent of the market is on feature or regular phones, so we're just getting into this huge growth curve for smartphones," he said. Heins declined to say exactly when RIM will release its BlackBerry 10 software this year. RIM's App World offers 60,000 apps, compared with 17,000 in January 2011.

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