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.
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It really seems like apps sell devices these days. Whether or not it’s true from the retail side of things, it’s definitely true from a media perspective. Much of RIM’s chagrin is due to the perception that developers aren’t interested in the platform because a lot of the latest apps are choosing iPhone first in terms of what to develop for. RIM needs some bold moves to help make it big in the app economy and here are 5 things we’d like to see.
1. Give every new BlackBerry customer $10 for App World – We’ve experienced it countless times. You find someone with a BlackBerry and they go “oh, I didn’t know I could get apps on this.” One of the easy ways RIM could teach everyone about apps and get people hooked on App World, is to give every new customer a $10 gift certificate for App World. Once they spend $10 and get an understanding of the value, they’ll be hooked. Developers everywhere would benefit from this.
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Before and after
When I first heard of Contacts Cleaner over a year ago, the app was decent but it really wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I found that even after initializing the app and letting it clean my contacts, I still had many duplicates. Yesterday, I decided to give the app another try, grabbing it for $0.99 in App World and it was one of the best app purchases I have ever made. Considering what the app did for me, I’m still shocked at the incredibly low price point. In my address book, Contacts Cleaner found over 35,000 entries and 15,000 duplicates. These duplicates were ruining my Address Book and stem from the fact that I have around 15 Google Apps accounts connected to my device and downloading contacts. Having this many duplicates makes the Universal Search useless for contacts, because you have to still search through your Address Book and figure out which contact is the right one. I also have Xobni installed and while Xobni works great when you’re in your email, making telephone calls from inside the Phone App doesn’t access Xobni. You still need to have your contacts cleaned so that you can make quick calls from inside the Phone App.
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Jim Dog overseeing the fun.
The PlayBook is a great tablet. Don’t listen to the haters. It’s a rock solid piece of hardware and the software has huge potential. The problems with it stem from the fact that it’s a brand new OS and still needs a few updates. Recently, BlackBerry users were sent a pretty big update to the PlayBook and it improves many of the features you use on the device such as Facebook, App World, charging the device and video chat connectivity. These updates are welcome and we’re looking forward to more. Hopefully the summer vacation season won’t slow down QNX and we’ll see another big update soon.
New BlackBerry PlayBook OS v1.0.5 features include:
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Mobihand traffic has taken a considerable hit this past year.
It looks like Mobihand is on the decline and having a hard time staying relevant in light of App World. Recently, Mobihand sent out a letter to their distribution partners saying that they are reducing commission rates in order to accommodate the fact that they are paying developers 10% more on their sales. Developers used to get 60% from Mobihand and they now get the industry standard 70%. According to Mobihand:
Due to this 10% increase given to the developers, we need to lower the shared sales rate you earn to a maximum of 13%, with lower rates applicable to lower amounts of sales, effective July 1, 2011. This is an unfortunate revenue reduction for us and our network partners, but we believe the new developer rate evens the playing field and will have developers promoting our network of stores as much as they have done in the past.
What Mobihand doesn’t seem to understand is that they’re shooting themselves in the foot. Developers don’t make much money on Mobihand. From all the developers we’ve spoken to, it seems the average developer sees about 20% of their total revenue come from Mobihand and the majority comes from App World. The reason Mobihand is great is primarily because of the distribution partners. Mobihand and its distribution partners make a great marketing team and spread the word about apps to the partners’ readership. An additional 10% to developers isn’t going to amount to much in the end. Lowering the commission rates could create a sour relationship with the distribution partners who are keeping the company alive. The distribution partners are also driving a lot of traffic to Mobihand and lowering commission rates could have a negative impact on traffic as partners move elsewhere. From the above graph, it’s clear that Mobihand’s traffic is on the decline and it’s only a matter of time until the company either sells, goes bankrupt or pivots to remain competitive. Click through for the letter from Mobihand to partners.
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After last week’s App World update, some users running older OS versions, specifically OS 4.6 and 4.7, had their BlackBerry App World icon disappear. According to Inside BlackBerry, RIM has released a fix for this and the new version, BlackBerry App World v126.96.36.199, is available for download at the link below.
Note: Users who weren’t affected by the missing icon issue may also see an upgrade notification for v188.8.131.52. The only change in this version is the missing icon fix.