RIM Gets Its BlackBerry App Store, At Last
BlackBerry App World, besides being the store itself, is an app you download from RIM's site.
System requirements for the app:
- BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.2 or higher
- BlackBerry smartphones with trackballs or SurePress™ touch screen
- BlackBerry App World is only available to customers in US, Canada and UK and may not be available on all networks
- Maps and Navigation
- Music and Video
- News and Weather
- Productivity and Utilities
- Professional and Business
- Reference and eBooks
- Social Networking and Sharing
- Personal Finance and Banking
- Personal Health and Wellness
- Sports and Recreation
While emulating much of the App Store, there are differences. For one, while supporting both free and paid-for apps, the lowest price on BlackBerry App World is $2.99, as opposed to $0.99 on the App Store.
Secondly, you have to use PayPal to pay for apps. Don't have a PayPal account? You need to get one.
Finally, developers get 80% of revenue, 10% more than Apple offers.