In the wake of last week’s BlackBerry service interruptions, RIM has announced that they will be giving away a suite of premium apps to customers. The app selections include several hit game titles, productivity apps, and premium audio apps. The package would have cost over 100 dollars if it were purchased through App World.
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Mobiroo is a Toronto startup that has launched a gift card service for Android and BlackBerry. The gift cards allow you to buy apps through Mobiroo’s catalog and purchase apps for friends. The service is something that is definitely needed for BlackBerry users but there are some pretty major challenges for the company ahead. More about the company and the gift cards after the jump.
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Carcassonne is a really popular tile-based board game that is played sort of like dominoes. The game has seen huge success in Europe and has developed a pretty loyal following in North America as well. The game is now available for BlackBerry, and the company let us know that they’ve also released versions for J2ME and Android. Click through for more details.
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BlackBerry App World 3.0 has launched and is up in Beta Zone. The latest version, according to RIM, makes “discovering and downloading apps, games, and themes easier than ever.” We’ve tried the new App World on both a well-established device, the Torch 9800, and a brand new device, the Bold 9930. There are some major pros and cons about this latest version and we thought we’d put together a beta review since App World has become such an important part of the BlackBerry experience. To recap, App World 3.0 features:
Sleek New Design – The BlackBerry App World experience has been enhanced to help you discover the latest and greatest apps and content, starting right on the BlackBerry App World home screen where rotating spotlight banners show off all that’s new and exciting.
New Channels – Apps, Games, and Themes now have their own channels so you can get to what you want even faster. Each channel offers up a whole range of Categories, Top Lists (for Paid, Free, Rated, New Arrivals) and a Search Bar.
Introduction of My Account – My Account makes managing your BBID and payment options easy with direct access to all of your account information from the home screen.
New My World Features – My World gives you a streamlined view of all your apps and their status, and now at a glance, in addition to seeing which apps are installed and uninstalled, you can manage your subscription content and services. When new updates or subscription renewals are available for your apps, you’ll be notified using push technology.
App Social Sharing – When you find an app you can’t live without, share it with your contacts directly from the app details screen through BBM, Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS.
Evolved App Details Screen – At a glance, you can get a quick summary, check out reviews and star ratings, take a look at screen shots, and more.
More Search Options - Quickly find apps with a Search Bar now appearing on the storefront home screen and search results are presented across Channels as well as My World. Search Bars are also within each Channel and users have the ability to filter by App Name, Price, Rating, Newest, Best Match, or Popular.
Both developers and consumers are crucial end users of this product so it’s important to review App World 3.0 from both perspectives. Click through for more about how App World 3.0 may impact both of these user types.
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We hear it all the time for iOS and Android: “so and so has passed a million downloads”. We don’t hear these stories as much as we should be on BlackBerry and RIM has highlighted a few of them after talking with developers themselves. It’s incredible to see companies making solid businesses of the BlackBerry platform and it’s even more incredible that they’re willing to share their success stories. One of the reasons we think a lot of developers aren’t sharing their stories is because they don’t want more competition. There’s a barrier to entry for BlackBerry these days and it helps that a lot of BlackBerry developers aren’t swamped with competition. The last thing they want is the plethora of other developers out there to realize how much money can be made with BlackBerry and encroaching on their turf. That being said, here are some awesome developer success stories:
Jingu - In a very short time, Jingu has surpassed a million downloads.
Spice Labs Pvt Ltd. – More than 16 million downloads of their paid and free applications, which include Hangman and HangmanKids.
WeatherEye HD for the PlayBook has seen more than 50,000 downloads.
Doodle Blast on the PlayBook has had almost 50,000 downloads since launch.
Crystal Balls from ingames is almost at one million downloads now.
App World 3.0 is about to go live and it looks like RIM has updated the desktop App World site. App World 3.0 doesn’t seem to have anything all that new from the consumer side, but does help developers with larger image submissions (for PlayBook), as well as other description changes in the vendor portal. The desktop redesign is really awesome though and has a more “zen” feel to it. As you can see from the screenshot, or heading there yourself, the site has a featured carousel as well as smaller carousels with the Top Free, Top Paid and Newest items. Perhaps the homescreen of the app version of App World should be designed this way too.