On 1st April 2009, RIM started the Application Store AppWorld, following the lead of the already extremely successful AppStore Apple brought up about a year ago.
RIM announced the fact that they will start an Application Store at the Developer Conference in Santa Clara in October 2008. Since then a lot of Developers and Consumers were waiting for the day they would launch AppWorld. Finally on the 1st April 2009 it got released – but the name ‘AppWorld’ is already quite misleading: The word ‘World’ is not true since it only launched in UK, Canada and the USA at the beginning. Rumors float around that AppWorld will finally start in some countries of Europe in July 2009.
The fact that RIM has launched AppWorld is pleasant – but it leaks some serious functions. When compared to other on-device Application Stores you find that they are much superior then AppWorld.
Here is a list of functions RIM should include in a new Version of AppWorld:
- Add a Bestseller List (There is just a Top 25 List but that is only ordered by downloads, not by sales)
- Separate Paid and Free apps
- Supports more payment options next to PayPal
- Include a ‘More-Apps-From-This-Developer’-Link in the Application
- Add a ‘New Software’-List (The user does not know when/where he can find new apps)
- Add a ‘Updated Software’-List
- Plug the Memory-Leak
- Insert a Coupon Code function for Users (Coupon Codes are very attractive sale-accelerators)
- Make it available all over the World
- Create a Desktop-Version of AppWorld so that Users can buy from the PC
- Add Themes to the List
- Cut the $2.99 minimum Price Tag
- ‘Push’ it to all BlackBerry Devices
I know RIM can do that! Let’s hope they bring out a new version with some of these features! RIM normally does a great job with their products. Why did you not work on a perfect version of AppWorld prior launching it?