Blackberry App World is Open For Business
Well, it is official. This is not an April fool’s joke. Blackberry is ready to go head to head with Apple. The Blackberry App World is now available for download directly to your desktop and Blackberry smartphone.
Hundreds of applications are currently listed in the following 13 categories:
Entertainment, Games, Maps & Navigation, Music & Video, News & Weather, Personal Finance & Banking, Personal Health & Wellness, Productivity & Utilities, Professional & Business, Reference & eBooks, Social Networking & Sharing, Sports & Recreation, Travel
You may also search and sort by the top downloads. I am still searching for the Pandora app which was on all of the ads for the Blackberry App World, but is no where to be found. Or at least I have not found it within the Blackberry App World yet.
Several applications are free, while others range from $2.99 – $999.99 and according to Mashable developers will keep 80% of revenue vs. Apple’s 70 % of revenue. Let’s hope this is attractive enough to start bringing some of those iPhone apps to the Blackberry world. Another big thing to point out is that right now it appears that PayPal is required as the payment method for your purchases. Those who hate PayPal will not like the lack of payment options.
Having only had a limited amount of time to begin exploring the Blackberry App World, I have been impressed by the experience thus far. Everything appears to load and function smoothly with a wide variety of applications available for testing. I will keep you updated in future posts on my findings as I continue to learn more about which applications are most functional. Future posts will also include video for a more hands on experience.
If you have any links, recommendations, or thoughts on this please share with me.