It is so nice that CNET Asia reporter, John Chan, went to RIM headquarters over the holidays to talk to BlackBerry managment. During his interview some aspects of the planned BlackBerry App StoreFront were revealed. We also have been talking to BlackBerry developers who are in the process of developing apps for the BlackBerry Storm and other BlackBerry devices.
RIM announced in October, the BlackBerry Application StoreFront will open in March 2009. BlackBerry Developers started submitting apps in December. When we last spoke to one of these BlackBerry software developers, when he said that he couldn't talk about his forthcoming apps yet, we got the feeling that they were in the process of being approved. We also learned that the BlackBerry Storm API requires a little bit of different programing to use the touchscreen interface of the BlackBerry Storm.
The BlackBerry App StoreFront gives developers 80 percent of the revenue back for paid applications and 20 percent is kept to help maintain and pay for the system. While the Apple iPhone/iPod store takes 30 percent of the sales. With developers getting a higher cut they may be able to lower their price to buyers. It could also attract more developers.
Once developers sign up and agree to terms, they can submit their
applications through the online portal. Later they can view where they are in the
process of submission to the testing phase and the results. After
testing, there's a phase of staging and deployment and then they
will actually hit the application store.
BlackBerry Application StoreFront will support free applications, paid applications
and also monthly subscription billing or try-and-buy models. They plan to support
different types of billing
models and operate over wireless channels for downloading of
applications whether via a cellular networks or Wi-Fi.
RIM is also working with carriers for them to have the carriers to offer their own apps and storefronts on deck.
This appears to to be great opportunity for developers. What BlackBerry applications would you like to see in the categories that follow?
- Heathcare & Fitness
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Note the number one application on the Apple App Store as of today is iFart Mobile.
Here's a list of links to BlackBerry Storm Articles on Wireless and Mobile News:
- BlackBerry Storm App of the Day: Free QuickPull Frees Up Memory.
- BlackBerry Storm Wishlist 2.
- Use BlackBerry Storm as Garage Door Opener.
- RIM Says BlackBerry Storm Shipments Are Off the Charts.
- Nokia and BlackBerry Storm will Strike iPhone Back in 2009.
- TalkLock Turns off BlackBerry Storm's Touchscreen - Fixes Touchy Issue.
- RIM Co-CEO Says BlackBerry Storm is a Netbook.
- Favorable Response of BlackBerry Storm by U.S. News & World Report Readers.
- Yet Another Firmware Update Upgrade Leaked for BlackBerry Storm.
- Starter Kit for BlackBerry, Storm Wish-List.
- New BlackBerry Features for 2009 Leaked - BlackBerry Storm Slider.
- Map App for BlackBerry Storm - Google Maps.
- TeleNav Mapping GPS App for BlackBerry Storm.
- Best Hottest Coolest Smartphones of 2008 - BlackBerry Storm 1st Place Winner.
- BlackBerry Storm Gaining Momentum in War with iPhone.
- BlackBerry Storm YouTube App.
- BlackBerry Storm Stocked in Canadian Telus Stores.
- Best BlackBerry Storm Apps -Suggestions for Holidays.
- BlackBerry Storm Are Back In Verizon Stores.
- BlackBerry Storm Helps Keep RIM in Black, New Update Leaked.
- BlackBerry Storm Rumor Refuted.
- Verizon Extends Return Policy - BlackBerry Storm Rumor
- BlackBerrry Storm Takes Dication with MyCaption.
- Fun BlackBerry Storm Tilty Marble Game: Marble Trap.
- BlackBerry Storm Still Available - Great Deals Reappearing.
- BlackBerry Storm Commercials - Different Styles Same Results.
- BlackBerry Storm's Punniest Must-Haves for the Holidays.
- BlackBerry Update Officially Released.
- BlackBerry Storm Shortage/Sold-Out?
- Weekly Update: BlackBerry Storm Which Update / Upgrade Works Best?
- Exactly What BlackBerry Storm 184.108.40.206 Update Fixes
- BlackBerry Update Officially Released.
- BlackBerry Storm Update OTA Released Soon.
- BlackBerry Storm Rants Are Being Heard.
- BlackBerry Storm Update Clarificaions/Support and Suggestions.
- BlackBerry Storm Upgrade Available from BlackBerry.
- New BlackBerry Storm Answers Website.
- CrackBerry Cracks BlackBerry Storm OS.
- BlackBerry Storm New OS Worth Waiting For.
- New BlackBerry Storm Review of Reviews V.2.
- BlackBerry Storm Bug Fixes Soon.
- BlackBerry Storm - Thunder Storm Advisories.
- BlackBerry Storm Sales Strong, Prices Up, Shortage Continues.
- BlackBerry Storm Power Features Updated.
- Best, Cheapest, Price, BlackBerry Storm.
- BlackBerry Storm vs iPhone Debate Comic.
- BlackBerry Storm Shortage?
- BlackBerry Storm Long Line Report.
- BlackBerry Storm Wins Speed Tests.
- BlackBerry Storm's Missing Links to iPhone.
- BlackBerry Storm Danger Warnings - Do's and Don't's.
- Update BlackBerry Storm Software First.
- BlackBerry Storm has 10 More Power Features than iPhone.
- BlackBerry Storm Must-Have Accessories Add-Ons
- BlackBerry Storm Review of Reviews.
- BlackBerry Storm Two Months Free Service Offered.
- BlackBerry Storm $599 at Best Buy.
- Text of BlackBerry Storm Mad Genius commercial.
- BlackBerry Storm official launch date and price.
- BlackBerry Storm international, data and roaming rates.