June 18, 2010

Rim prepares roll-out of BlackBerry App World 2.0

by Darren Allan

Rim is planning a new version of the BlackBerry app store with overhauled payment options.

App World 2.0 will allow BlackBerry users to pay for apps by having the cost added to their carrier’s bill, or by using a credit card, as well as the current Paypal scheme of things.

The store’s interface is also in line for a tweak, making it look better and fit with the upcoming new operating system for Blackberry, OS 6.0.

OS 6.0 promises a lot of goodies, including an overhauled interface (with multi-touch) and browser, a reworked media player, and kinetic scrolling (the faster you swipe down a list, the quicker it will scroll).

A new system of BlackBerry ID will also be introduced with App World 2.0, meaning that your apps won’t be tied to a single device. So if you switch to a new BlackBerry, your apps will be immediately available on it.

The last major change the company has announced is new Top 25 screens. These detail the top recently added apps, the top free and paid-for apps, and top themes.

The lists will be updated every day, based on a combination of the number of downloads and user ratings, so the top of the pops will be decided on quality as well as quantity.

Expect App World 2.0 to be unleashed at some stage this summer. OS 6.0 is expected at some point in the third quarter.

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