Back in February we mentioned that PocketGear had purchased the long standing Handango software store. That sale made them the largest cross platform mobile software store with a combined $400 million in revenue with distribution agreements with 4 of the top carriers in the US and three of the top ten global carriers.
Now the BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced that they have joined in a $15 million series B funding of PocketGear along with Trident Capital. PocketGear plans on using the funding to scale and build out its sales and marketing team. The end goal is to expand its global reach in the growing mobile app market.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out since RIM is now a large investor in PocketGear. The Handango storefront is complimentary to RIM since RIM makes their money off devices instead of software but it will be interesting how PocketGear fits into RIM’s growth plan for BlackBerry App World.
What do you think? Do you prefer Handango over App World or vise versa?