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BlackBerry App World 2.1 Live with Payment Service

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BlackBerry App World 2.1 is now live and official and the updates will roll out over the course of today. The biggest addition is the ability to offer in-app payments via the BlackBerry Payment Service. This new service is going to do great things for both games and apps, as developers will be able to leverage virtual goods and premium content from within the app. Imagine: you’re playing a game for free, and you can purchase an avatar, pay for more levels, upgrade your character etc.
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Another Reason to Go BlackBerry: In-App Payments Are Open

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It’s no secret that Apple is constantly trying to create a closed system where it controls every aspect of the app ecosystem. From purchasing, downloading and developing apps, Apple wants to be the go-to provider of infrastructure and its in-app payment system is no exception.

Recently, the NYT printed an article about the Sony eReader’s rejection from App Store due to the fact that they didn’t use Apple’s in-app payment system, but rather their own to save themselves having to give 30% to Apple. An Apple spokesperson responded saying:

“We have not changed our developer terms or guidelines. We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase.”
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