There has been some time pass since RIM officially announced its 'BlackBerry application storefront' but it seems the Canadian giant is now ready to slug it out with Apple.
Of course RIM has given Apple a 500m head start but no matter because developer applications are now being accepted and will consequently start rolling out to customers in the spring.
No official statement was given by RIM on this but the formal application storefront page has been updated to proclaim: "Be first in line to submit applications you've designed for BlackBerry smartphones to the new BlackBerry application storefront. We're counting down to a spring launch and we're accepting submissions right now... The storefront will be an ideal spot for developers to bring their applications—whether they are consumer-focused or targeted to business users"
RIM also states that the market for BlackBerry application growth is "phenomenal" though as mentioned it needs to be when starting from 500 million behind/starting from zero. It is worth noting however that BlackBerry apps will be subject to the whim of telco approval not just that of RIM itself.
With SkyMarket likely to enter the fray at Mobile World Congress, Android Market simmering nicely and Palm continuing to woo the tech world in its remarkable rise from zero-to-hero, application storefront can't come soon enough for BlackBerry. Developers get submitting!