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BlackBerry App World update hits NZ

24 Aug 2010

Research In Motion (RIM) has released new updates to its BlackBerry App World, the app store for BlackBerry’s line of smartphones.

New features include two additional pricing tiers, PayPal and credit card payment options, enhanced search options and a new user identification system called BlackBerry ID.

New App World features include:

Enhanced Payment OptionsWith the new BlackBerry App World, customers will be able to purchase applications using PayPal and major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard.

Easier Application Discovery BlackBerry App World adds new tabbed sections for various lists of applications. Users can horizontally swipe or scroll to quickly view the Top 25 Free Apps, Top 25 Paid Apps and Top 25 Themes, as well as lists of the Newest Apps and Recently Updated Apps.

QR barcode scanning is also supported, allowing users to scan a QR code associated with an application from anywhere – the web, print ads, brochures, etc. BlackBerry App World will quickly find the related application and automatically open the application's information and download page.

BlackBerry ID BlackBerry ID provides customers with a device-independent user identification (ID) used with BlackBerry App World. It enables credit card payments and allows customers to seamlessly transfer their personal library of free and purchased apps when they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone.

App World is available for BlackBerry smartphones that include a trackball, trackpad or touch screen running BlackBerry OS 4.5 or higher.