RIM today formally announced the launch of BlackBerry App store for Indian BlackBerry smartphone users one can download BlackBerry App World to their BlackBerry smartphone by visiting www.blackberry.com/appworld or mobile.blackberry.com from their handset.
BlackBerry App World is available for BlackBerry smartphones that include a trackball, touch-sensitive trackpad or touch-screen running BlackBerry OS version 4.2 or higher.
Users require an active BlackBerry data service plan with Internet access to access BlackBerry App World. Data charges may apply who have limited data plan.BlackBerry App World is designed to automatically present the relevant catalog of applications available for a user’s specific BlackBerry smartphone model. BlackBerry App World can be accessed over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
“The BlackBerry platform provides a truly unparalleled mobile experience for millions of people and we are thrilled to enhance that experience with BlackBerry App World,” said Frenny Bawa, Vice President, India, Research In Motion. “Consumers in India can now easily discover and download a wide variety of applications, including a range of ‘made for India’ apps, directly from their BlackBerry smartphone.”
India-specific applications at launch include Hungama MyPlay, CNBC TV18 Moneycontrol, Mundu Radio and Arrowmatics.
BlackBerry App World features include:
•Front Page Carousel – BlackBerry App World showcases several applications on its front page carousel, making it easy for users to browse through a select number of featured applications. Featured applications vary from time to time, helping users discover new applications for practically every aspect of life.
•Top Downloads – The “Top Downloads” area on BlackBerry App World lists applications that are the most downloaded.
•Categories – BlackBerry App World features a variety of application categories. Categories include games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more.
•Search/Filter – BlackBerry App World includes a keyword search with filtering capabilities.
•Reviews – Applications on BlackBerry App World can be reviewed by users and those reviews are reflected in star ratings. Users can easily access and read reviews, see screenshots and read a description of each application before they download it.
•Recommend – BlackBerry App World users can recommend applications to other people through email, PIN, SMS message or BlackBerry Messenger.
•Application Storage – BlackBerry App World includes a folder called My World, which keeps track of applications the user has downloaded. It is a personal storage space that allows users to uninstall and re-install applications.
•Application Archiving: users can archive applications to a microSD card or built-in storage memory on their BlackBerry smartphone.
•Update Notifications: Users are notified of updates to applications they’ve downloaded on BlackBerry App World.