Inside BlackBerry App World 2.0 (app preview)


It has been an amazing year so far here at BlackBerry App World™ HQ. Twenty-five million of you have downloaded BlackBerry App World and are experiencing some of the great apps available for your BlackBerry® smartphones. There are some really popular apps out there, and judging by the response to our blog posts, Inside BlackBerry readers are also really excited about the Twitter® for BlackBerry smartphones beta currently in BlackBerry App World Test Center.

We’ve been hard at work getting ready to bring some great new features to BlackBerry App World and today we’re excited to share them with you.

Top 25 Themes and Top 25 Apps

Let’s get started! You’ve asked and we’ve listened – you enjoy your BlackBerry smartphone themes, but you want to see them listed by themselves. You also asked to see what’s new and what’s been updated recently in BlackBerry App World, and we’re happy to deliver.

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In our new “Top 25” screen, you can see the Newest apps, Recently Updated apps, Top 25 Free Apps, Top 25 Paid Apps, and Top 25 Themes. These lists update every 24 hours, and are based on a combination of number of downloads and user ratings.

BlackBerry App World Barcode Scanning

Another cool feature we’re adding is the ability for our developers to use a QR barcode to promote their apps. BlackBerry App World 2.0 will have a new menu option called “Scan a Barcode” – which works just like scanning a barcode for a new contact or group in BlackBerry® Messenger 5.0. Just point the camera of your BlackBerry smartphone at a QR barcode and the details page for the app you’re scanning pop right up!

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More Billing Options

In addition to the ability to purchase apps with a PayPal® account, we’re adding support for two new billing methods to BlackBerry App World. To access these new billing options, you will be able to simply log in and choose ‘Payment Options’ from the menu.

Credit Cards

We know that many of you will be happy to hear that you will soon be able to use a major credit card (cards vary by region) to purchase apps. If BlackBerry App World credit card payments are available in your country, you’ll see the new “Credit Card” option where you can securely enter and save your credit card information for all your App World purchases.

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Carrier Billing

We’re also excited to tell you that we’re working on integrated billing with various carriers to enable carrier billing as a payment option in BlackBerry App World.


If you prefer the simplicity of paying with PayPal, then just choose the PayPal option. You’ll be asked for your PayPal account email and password once, and then all your purchases can be made using your PayPal account.

Introducing BlackBerry® ID

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We’re also proud to introduce the new BlackBerry® ID, a device-independent user identification. With your BlackBerry® ID, you can easily download and purchase apps, then manage them in My World. Also, if you ever need to switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone, logging in with your BlackBerry ID will bring all your apps to your new BlackBerry smartphone so you can always have the apps you need, when you need them!

We’ll have more information on how you can be one of the first people on your block to try the BlackBerry App World 2.0 beta, so stay tuned!

About Alex Kinsella

Promoter of apps. Connoisseur of tacos. By day, I'm a PR and Social Media Manager at BlackBerry.

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    There are lot of amazing and interesting applications. I like the BlackBerry App World Barcode Scanning. its really an amazing scanning service by Blackberry. I appreciate your informative post.
    Thank you

    • Kamika007z

      How about scanning any barcode and have it perform a google lookup for price? I know the Droid can do this.

  • Caspan

    It will be so nice to have the ability to download apps when your on your PC. I hate trying to figure out how to get the address to my BlackBerry so I can do an over the air install. The new barcode will rock to do this!

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    A user session with my info registered into webstore will be usefull, with push feature for download app!

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  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel


    You can always sign up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone here:

    Thank you

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  • Donny

    Why should be have to scan a barcode which is free, and perform a google lookup for a price? Why PAY for a google search when we already pay for our data rates!?

  • Bogdan Raduta

    BlackBerry App World is useless for me. Why? Because I`m from Romania and apparently RIM thinks we are some monkeys moving from tree to tree so we don`t need access to the store. This sucks! How much do we have to wait until we can have the App World? It is not fair, I paid as much as someone form Germany (for example), so I have the right to use all the phone`s features. Don`t forget that there`s a new iPhone on the market and oh…we, the rest of the “poor world” can buy apps from their App Store.

  • Caspan

    I think people are quick to blame RIM when it has nothing to do with them. Most of the time its governing bodies for cell phone empires that won't allow it. Some thing have to be approved by government bodies before it can enter a country. They don't want you to get “How to stop swinging in the trees” application with out them approving first!

  • Caspan

    He means price as in scan the bar code and google will look up the price on the item. He does not mean scan and Google will charge us a price :)

    Very useful but this is a 2D barcode and not used on many products as they don't have them. There are other 1D barcode scanners out there to do what your asking for. What 2D barcodes are useful for are stuff like, seeing a movie poster and there is a barcode to scan at the bottom and your device will take you to watch a trailer of the movie, back of business cards your vcard is linked to the barcode so users can just scan and have your entire card in your contacts, before entering a restraunt you can scan a barcode at the door and read or write reviews on the place of business. There are many possibilities but 1D barcodes are for price so far 2D barcodes can holds much more information so are better for information exchange/distrobution.

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  • Petar

    I second Bogdan’s complaints – I live in Serbia and cannot fathom why the hell we aren’t allowed to access BB AppWorld, at least for free applications. I can d/l and install the AppWorld itself, but that’s it, can’t browse nor d/l apps from it. I paid very good money for my BB Storm, more than average American or German or Brit did, but am still left out when it comes to this… not to mention that BB Maps don’t work, even though the RIM’s pages say Serbia is supported. Well, I guess it’s Android for me the next time I renew my contract…

  • Tishomura

    I live in unsupported country too :) While jumping from tree to tree I realized that I can easily install BB App World on my phone, I just need to get the install files, which is relative easy. After the installation I got access to all the free apps in BB App World. So far so good. After that I turned off Network (EDGE) and turned on WiFi. Guess what? I got access to all BB App World apps and even did buy some :)
    In conclusion: being monkey helps you develop your brain ;)

  • Joe Pickard

    Hopefully this App World will actually be accessible on the phone without having to do a “Security Wipe” unlike 1.35 (which my phone forced me to update to!)

    come on Blackberry, this is supposed to be your cash-cow; pull your finger out.

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