BlackBerry App World 3.0 official Launch date on August 22
The BlackBerry App World 3.0 went into beta back on August 5th, but August 22nd is a day that the 50 million+ BlackBerry users will want to mark down. This coming Monday is the date that RIM is intending to push out the final version to the masses. According to a source of N4BB, the revamped app marketplace is scheduled to launch on August 22. Additionally, the recently rumored BlackBerry music streaming service could be released around the same time.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, RIM is working on a service that would let subscribers access music on its BlackBerry devices. The Journal cited “people familiar with the matter” describing a service that would work with RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger, the company’s instant-messaging service. There’s plenty of speculation around this one, from the name to the price to the capabilities. But Journal sources made one thing clear: RIM is not trying to go head-on with Apple’s iTunes or Spotify. Still, a music service could make its devices more attractive to hard-core BlackBerry users who have lacked this native function.
BlackBerry App World 3.0 features a number of improvements designed to make it easier to find new apps and manage the apps already installed on your device. The home screen now features spotlighted apps and links to popular categories including Themes, Games, and Apps. The search bar is also more prominently displayed and you can sort results to see free apps, paid apps, recently updated apps or new apps.
If you accidentally delete an app or upgrade to a new BlackBerry smartphone, you can wirelessly re-install the app at no additional cost. Apps can be paid for using PayPal or by credit card. And, you can scan barcodes associated with a BlackBerry app to quickly find it in the App World storefront.
All this is good news for RIM, which has seen several setbacks in recent months, the latest being Sprint’s cancellation of plans to carry a 4G WiMAX PlayBook. Now, that HP has raised a white flag over webOS, RIM has at least one less potential competitor to deal with as it scrambles back into the game.