Thursday, September 8, 2011

RIM Prepares for Incoming New Phones, Overhauls BlackBerry App World

Research in Motion is making sure all BlackBerry smartphone owners benefit from the forthcoming launch of Torch 9810 and 9860, by preparing for them with upgrade to their App World application store to version 3.0.
It’s not just a half-hearted attempt to make the store look better either, as in addition to several new features, the user interface has been redesigned along with a tweaked search feature, making finding and selecting apps much easier than before. Additionally, the main screen has gained a carousel-style collection of popular and promoted apps.
The major new features include My Account, where users will be prompted to sign-in with their BlackBerry ID to adjust payment options, My World, in which previously downloaded apps are stored along with subscriptions and update information, and social networking integration so users can share favourite apps with their friends.
App description pages have been treated to more detail including star ratings and screenshots, plus the new search feature will look inside three separate categories: Apps, Games and Themes. Finally, App World users will now be notified when an update to an app or subscription becomes available.
Of course, this will all sound very ‘last year’ to iOS and Android users and while App World 3.0 does a lot to address its shortcomings, it can’t do much about the mere 35,000 apps available inside. The new store is available for download right now, and is compatible with any BlackBerry phone running OS 5.0 or later.


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