AppVerse now live in the CrackBerry App Store! Delivers social interaction and features to aid in BlackBerry app discovery!!

AppVerse in the CrackBerry App Store
By Kevin Michaluk on 22 Feb 2011 03:48 pm EST
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One of the big deficiencies within mobile app store environments these days is the ability to meaningfully discover apps, games and themes that are going to be worthwhile for you. Best Sellers and Top Downloads lists do typically provide a good starting point for app discovery, but moving beyond that app stores tend to fall apart. Star ratings usually regress somewhere to the mean (that 3 star average that leaves you wondering whether you should or shouldn't download an app) and the comments left by anonymous users far too often provide little or no value (anybody notice all the spam and gibberish in App World these days?). Sum it up, and it's no wonder so many BlackBerry users check into a site like CrackBerry daily for advice and info on what apps to download. App discovery via the app store environment itself can be frustrating!

That all changes today with the rollout of AppVerse within the CrackBerry App Store. AppVerse delivers a really trusting and engaging app store experience, thanks to the layer of social interaction and features it adds. Should you choose to create your AppVerse account (it's not mandatory and you can shop in the CrackBerry App Store as you always have), you can setup your public profile which display app purchases you have made, along with reviews and ratings you provide (you can choose to hide apps as well and also have full control over privacy/notification settings from the My Account > AppVerse page). You can follow other AppVerse members, comment on their reviews and rate whether individual app reviews were helpful or not. You can also ask other AppVerse members to provide a review for any app you're interested in. This social interaction really ups the accountability of everybody in the app store, which delivers reviews that are REALLY HELPFUL. When you tap into the power of AppVerse, that frustration and uncertainty are gone. You can even review apps that are not available in our CrackBerry App Store (ie. it's in App World and not the CrackBerry App Store catalog yet).

It's still early days, so if you find any bugs or have any ideas for new features you'd like to see implemented, be sure to drop us a comment. We already have some more features planned for rollout in the weeks ahead, but take a browse around and you'll see it's already off to a great start. Not sure where to begin? Try checking out the AppVerse profiles of me and our other writers and forums moderators here on CrackBerry at the link below.

Check out AppVerse in the CrackBerry App Store
Follow CrackBerry Bloggers/Forums Moderators in AppVerse

10 comments

amazinglygraceless

I will definitely be loading this up. Anything that makes App World less of a trainwreck is worth a look from me.

Quisinberry

Why doesn't App World moderate the "Gay/White/Male Look me up on BBM" comments?

blueyestm

nvmd, I see now, you require an about me too? bleh

TS_Cycle_Salvage433

Anyone else having a problem finding it in the Crackberry App Store? I'm on a Bold 9650 with Verizon, maybe my device isn't supported but it doesn't show up in BBAW or Crackberry App Store

Kevin Michaluk

AppVerse isn't an app - it's actually built into the full store itself.  Currently not on the store app, you need to visit the CrackBerry App Store FULL website at http://software.crackberry.com and AppVerse is built into that.

scuebydue

App Verse is actually driven by Mobihand, not Crackberry. Any website blog that is setup with the mobile store has that option. So you can also head to mobihand.com and get set up. Its not an app for your device, but a ranking/app feedback tool used for the actual website.

phenyx923

Not finding it in app store :(

litig8or98

Not a big fan so far. Perhaps I just got used to the "old" app store, but I find the changes a bit more difficult to navigate...seems like less information, not more. Also the pages don't seem to render that well.

kwkid

I signed up yesterday and then played around a little just getting familiar with the functionality and layout. I have also done a few thumbs up/thumbs down on some of the reviews I have read, but I haven't had an opportunity to write any reviews for apps I own. That will hopefully happen over the weekend. I should point out that any reviewer who simply writes "great app" or "love it" gets an immediate not helpful rating from me as that provides no help when making a purchasing decision in my opinion. You need to be honest and tell us WHY you love it or it is a great app.