Research In Motion Delivers New BlackBerry App World
Research In Motion has announced that the latest version of BlackBerry App World has come out of beta and is now available for developers and users.
The new BlackBerry App World-BlackBerry App World 2.0-enables developers to offer applications for 99 cents and $1.99.
In a notice to developers and users, RIM said: "When we launched the beta just a few weeks ago, we were able to offer new views, and carrier and credit card billing support. We 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.
In addition, RIM said BlackBerry App World adds new tabbed sections for various application 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 Updated Apps.
The new version of BlackBerry App World also supports QR, or "Quick Response," barcode scanning, enabling 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, RIM said.
Also, 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, RIM said in its notice to users.