In response to user feedback the revamped BlackBerry App World
is out of beta and open with new features including lower pricing, Blackberry ID, credit card payment, tabbed lists, and QR barcoding. BlackBerry App World users will receive upgrade notifications over
the next few hours.
BlackBerry App World now allows developers to offer applications for
US$0.99 and US$1.99.
When they launched the beta just a few weeks ago, we were able to offer
new views, and carrier and credit card billing support. They also
integrated BlackBerry ID as a new way of tying BlackBerry customers with
their use for easy device switching and management.
With the new BlackBerry App World, customers are able to purchase
applications using major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard.
Carrier billing may also be supported by certain carriers.
World adds new tabbed sections for various applications lists. Users can
horizontally swipe or scroll to quickly view the Top 25 Free Apps, Top
25 Paid Apps and Top 25 Themes, as well as the Newest Apps and Recently
QR barcode scanning is also supported, allowing users to scan a QR
code associated with an application from anywhere - the web, print ads,
brochures, etc. BlackBerry App World will quickly find the related
application, and automatically open and download its page.
BlackBerry ID provides
customers with a device-independent user identification (ID) for
BlackBerry App World. It enables credit card payments and allows
customers to seamlessly transfer their personal library of free and
purchased apps when they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone.