RIM might be down financially in Q4, but their stats for BlackBerry apps and developer milestones is quite impressive. With the release of the BlackBerry Dev Alpha prototype BlackBerry 10 device to developers at BB10 Jam conference, RIM hopes to catapult these figures even higher. Here’s what RIM says have been their Q4 milestones:

BlackBerry App Milestones – Q4

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  • 21% increase in BlackBerry smartphone apps
  • 89% increase in BBM connected apps
  • 240% increase in PlayBook apps submitted to App World

BlackBerry Developer Milestones – Q4

  • 68% increase in vendors registered on App World
  • 42% increase in apps submitted to App World by developers
  • 137% increase in PlayBook apps approved for sale
  • Built porting guides to allow WebOS and jQuery apps to be ported to PlayBook
  • Announced port of Qt to allow Nokia developers to target PlayBook and soon, BlackBerry 10
  • Launched BlackBerry Native SDK 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook
  • Prior to PlayBook OS 2.0 launch, incented 10,000 new developers to register as BlackBerry developers, with offer of a PlayBook in exchange for an app. Over 7,000 new apps submitted
  • Since its launch 10 weeks ago, the BlackBerry Developer Success Story page has added more than 20 stories with more to come soon

BlackBerry Apps –By the Numbers

  • More than 70,000 apps in App World
  • More than 15,000 PlayBook apps
  • More than 2 billion total apps downloaded
  • 177 million apps downloaded per month