Enterprise Mobility: New BlackBerry AppWorld Lets Users Buy Apps from PC and Sync to Smartphone

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-10-29 Print this article Print
New BlackBerry AppWorld Lets Users Buy Apps from PC and Sync to Smartphone

New BlackBerry AppWorld Lets Users Buy Apps from PC and Sync to Smartphone

by Andrew Garcia
BlackBerry AppWorld application catalog for BlackBerry smartphones lets users shop for and purchase mobile apps from a PC Web browser. Windows users browsing from Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox can search the online app catalog and see whether their each app works on their specific device. Using the required Web browser plug-in, I could then purchase and download apps, then sync them to the BlackBerry—as long as the device is connected via USB. Apps may not be purchased from the PC then pushed to the device over the air, and I couldn't even complete the sale from the PC without the device attached to the PC. At least Apple doesn't require the device to be present to purchase an app. The new MyWorld page does let users see what apps have been purchased (or obtained free), whether they need an upgrade and whether they are installed on the connected BlackBerry smartphone. To read the full review, check out http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/529420. Or if you have experience with this version of AppWorld, share your thoughts at http://labs.eweek.com.
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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