Research In Motion (RIM) has given the BlackBerry App World a much needed upgrade. First and foremost, RIM has dropped the minimum price of the application to $0.99 from the earlier $2.99. Hopefully, this means that we will see developers releasing applications which cost $0.99, and $1.99.
Along with this, RIM has also added support for carrier billing and credit card. The App World itself has got a facelift and now features a tabbed section for easier navigation. Like Android, RIM has also added support for QR codes. BB owners can now find an application in the App World by just scanning its QR code.
RIM has also added an option called BlackBerry ID for users to transfer their application from one device to another without repurchasing them. RIM has also decided to split the revenue from the sales of App World in 70:30 ratio instead of the earlier 80:20.
Here is the full press release :
BlackBerry App World Update
Just wanted to let you know that the latest version of BlackBerry App Worldâ„¢ is out of beta and available for everyone to enjoy. And as of today, BlackBerry App World will allow developers to offer applications for US$0.99 and US$1.99.
BlackBerry App World users will receive upgrade notifications over the next few hours.
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.
Credit Card Payment Option
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.
Easier Application Discovery
BlackBerry App 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 Updated Apps.
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.
Stay tuned as BlackBerry App World continues to grow and incorporate new features requested in our beta program.