Developers just recently got an email from RIM saying there has been some significant changes made to the App World categories. Some of the more notable changes include a Music Creation category (perhaps for more apps like Pace Maker), and the Beta category has been dropped. RIM has also added some new categories for children, which makes sense considering all the new Kids content for PlayBook.
We’re curious how Betas will be run with BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook. If RIM is phasing out sideloading and there’s no Beta category, either RIM will get out of the beta business altogether, or the Beta Zone will become more like Test Flight.
They key category changes and additions include:
News: The News category has been expanded to include magazines. This category is now called News and Magazines and includes Blogs as a subcategory.
Beta: The Beta category is discontinued. The apps located the Beta category have been moved to relevant categories.
Reference and eBooks & Education: The Books and Reference category has been divided in to separate categories so that these are now individual categories respectively. The Reference category includes Education. This new category is Education & Reference.
Shopping: The Shopping category has been renamed Lifestyle.
Maps & Navigation: The Maps & Navigation category now includes Travel and has been renamed Navigation and Travel.
Music Creation (*NEW*): There is a new subcategory Music Creation available under the Music and Audio category.
Children’s Categories (*NEW*): There are two new children’s focused categories:
New Children’s Games category within the Games Channel
New Children’s Books subcategory within the Books category