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By Adam Zeis on 5 Aug 2011 09:38 am EDT
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The long awaited BlackBerry App World 3.0 has finally made it's way to the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The overhauled app gets a few much needed updates including and all new UI. Surely it still has some bugs as it's in beta, but hopefully things move along quickly and an official release isn't too far off. Features include:

  • Sleek New Design - The BlackBerry App World experience has been enhanced to help users discover the latest and greatest apps and content, starting right on the BlackBerry App World home screen where rotating spotlight banners show off all that's new and exciting.
  • New Channels - Apps, Games, and Themes now have their own channels so users can get to what they want even faster.
  • Introduction of My Account - My Account makes managing BBID and payment options easy with direct access to all account information from the home screen.
  • New My World Features - My World gives users a streamlined view of their apps and status, and now at a glance, in addition to seeing which apps are installed and uninstalled, users can manage subscription content and services. When new updates or subscription renewals are available for apps, users will be notified using push technology.
  • App Social Sharing - When a user finds an app they can't live without, they can share it directly from the app details screen through BBM, Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS
  • Evolved App Details Screen - At a glance, users can get a quick summary, check out reviews and star ratings, take a look at screen shots, and more
  • More Search Options - Quickly find apps with a Search Bar now appearing on the storefront home screen and search results are presented across Channels as well as My World. Search Bars are also within each Channel and users have the ability to filter by App Name, Price, Rating, Newest, Best Match, or Popular

BlackBerry Beta Zone users can grab the download today. If you aren't yet a Beta Zone member, hit the link below to register.

Register for the BlackBerry Beta Zone

Source: Inside BlackBerry

82 comments

QuIcKsIlV3r

FIRST

Looks sweet, downloading and rebooting right now. this is going to be awesome

Lumute

Is the PlayBook version available in Beta Zone too? I always have trouble buying apps in the PB and looking at the forum seems like I'm not the only one...

Since I bought my playbook I haven't even looked at whats new in my phone's app world, kind of lost the interest as I already have all I need.

drakesaliasonline

The category icons don't really look "BlackBerry" like to me, I don't like them. I think that's something that needs to be changed, Idk maybe it has to grow on me. Anyone else feel the same?

gord888

Not your typical BB UI that's for sure. It'll take time to get used to.

lebdiablo

It works in Lebanon (not a supported country in version 2.x)
I wonder if thats the case going to be when its official :)

npunk42

Latest is the greatest.

QuIcKsIlV3r

Wow, it looks amazing, im scrolling through now i like this

R_Santhosh

sweeeet! this was much needed

Abrante

Tempted! But, I will wait for the official version. The 2 times that I've installed softwares from Beta Zone I started to receive app execution errors on my 9780. This app might work out differently, lets see if I eventually decide to go for it anyways.

Nashstruck

Yea sure buddy. You take your time with it k? Don't worry about it...

-_-

beemir

hmmm i don't see it in the beta zone. bummer.

arturox

me too, can anyone can post the permalink to that program?

beemir

it's most likely going to require a keycode, so even if we can download and install it, we won't be able to use it. unless someone here can confirm that no keycode is required?

arturox

I am a member in the beta zone, but I cant find the AppWorld v3.0 program to enter it to download the app. What I was asking for is the link to the beta program, not the beta app

beemir

oh my bad. yeah I'm a member too and I can't seem to find it. I guess we'll just have to wait a bit and it should eventually be there?

diegonei

On the same boat here... :/

shupor

https://www.blackberry.com/beta/downloads/fetch/734/2702/5

It requires a keycode though so unless it shows up in your beta zone, chances are the link is useless

arturox

Thanks for the link but I get this error message: "Sorry, you are unable to download this file. Please contact betainfo@rim.com if you have any questions.
You are not authorized to view this program area."

It seems I will have to wait until it become available for me.

WillieLee

It depends on your country and they also don't roll out apps to everyone at once. If you are using a leaked OS the keycode won't work sometimes as well.

arturox

Maybe, I have changed my country option to USA and now I have the program available.

Start downloading and testing

dadymon

Wow! This looks awsome!

phillechill

Initial impressions are that v3 is a LOT faster. For example, if you look at an app all the screenshots are loaded at the same time in the screenshots tab. So there is no more of that stupid -- scroll --- wait --- look at image --- scroll --- wait ---- etc.

And new look is now aligned with what we see on PlayBook. The category icons are now the same.

PascalG

Hi,

What I think is missing the most in the AppWorld is a way to filter by geographic region. I'm based in France and when I look for a news app or a weather forecast app, I'm primarily interested into an app which gives me news or weather forecast from France !

I hope the v3 will allow for this kind of filtering...

Pascal.

RyMac04

I'm sure you can set your location from within whichever weather app you chose.

Give it a shot.

crigga84

Only be using it for 10 minutes and already love it.

tryfe

I'm surprised no one's yet to notice that you can now "Ignore" a selected "Uninstalled App" making it disappear from the list forever.....unless of course you refresh your app list lol. But it's definitely a much needed option!

mckillio

That was the first thing I looked for, so much happier.

diegonei

They listened??? Can we?? WoOHOOO

pmich

The app seems faster but i'm not liking the UI all that much but it's functionality over UI anyday.

shupor

Wow! I actually prefer the UI. Different strokes *shrug*

QuIcKsIlV3r

You have to go to programs, and it will be a new program available and YES a keycode is required

JREwing

I'm done downloading stuff through the Beta Zone. Three times my BB 9650 locked up and erased everything. I had to restore my entire device and re-enter all the password for my programs. After I quit messing withe Beta Zone, I have not had one problem.
I'll wait for official versions from now on.

HavPlenty

Really? I'm downloading stuff from Beta Zone all the time on my 9650 and never experienced this. When you say "my programs", you mean every app you've downloaded? Please elaborate...don't want to have the same problem.

fresh77

I too download stuff from the Betazone all the time!! BBM6, FB2.0, TW2.0 and now BAW3.0! Not a problem whatsoever!

RyMac04

WOW. I must say this is a major improvement. Even on my Storm2 the new App World is smooth and responsive. Instant navigation through categories, paid or unpaid, screenshots and reviews.

It has a great look to it and much more user friendly. Great job RIM.

alexkinsella

Hi @RyMac04,

Alex from RIM here. Thanks so much for being a member of BlackBerry Beta Zone and for all your positive feedback! Our goal with App World 3.0 is to give our millions of BlackBerry users, fans and developers worldwide a new and improved BlackBerry app experience. The feedback we’ve received so far has been outstanding, and we’re always open to hearing more about how we can make it even better.

If you’d like to share any other thoughts or feedback, feel free to reach out here, or even on Twitter (@BlackBerry) or Facebook (http://bbry.lv/bdmrXv).

Cheers,
Alex, RIM Social Media Team

stackberry369

Between free trials paid and free.

Mvor7

Wow. The UI could use a little tweaking but it's SUPER FAST! Even on wifi or G3 it would take forever to get screenshots or reviews to load on the old appworld.
Here on EDGE I am flying and everything is RIGHT THERE!
Sweet, sweet candy

stackberry369

Where do I find recently updated apps?

tryfe

It seems to have been removed.

stackberry369

Regarding the recently updated tab.

uk0311

i don't see it in the beta zone.

moe1up

WOW! I just got this running and I can honestly say that it is extremely fluid. Very appealing to the eye as well. Thanks for the notice.

HavPlenty

This is nice! I like it so far. New look and everything and functions well!

justineporter

Love it, so simple to use and so neat!

kmonarq7

Opened...went to My World, entered login info, instant reboot.

Hmmmm....

porkchopian

downloaded it. looks amazing except (yup already and except!) it doesn't update my apps gives me an error. Only updates my installed apps made by RIM (BBM, BlackBerry protect, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook & Twitter)! Update is already required!!!

moe1up

It'll probably be fixed by the time the actual update is released. This is a beta you know.

mssca

Go the My World, click Blackberry button(aka menu key), on that menu select Refresh List. It will update the apps. I didn't have apps when I rebooted the phone and I got it back by doing that.

the brother

it's not about seeing the apps it's about upgrading them!!!! Cannot be done from AppWorld 3.0!!!!!!!!!!! WTF i'm stuck.

anyone?!?!?!

porkchopian

UPDATE

The issue seemed to have fixed itself. Now loads all my previously purchased apps. When I first downloaded it and rebooted then tried to use it, it wouldn't load any non RIM official apps. I tried refreshing list many times but it would search for a long time then would give me an error and freeze up. Just tried it again today and now it loads everything. This update is amazing and a great improvement.

mckillio

This version is so much better, it's much faster (8900 user), richer UI, you can finally ignore uninstalled apps. It definitely feels like it was designed for a touch screen/larger screen though.

mssca

On old Blackberry App World, I used to see who much memory available for the apps, now I can't find that information. Do you know where they put that info?

Thanks.

mckillio

Press the menu key then choose "show application storage".

rcalderaro

I'm really liking this beta. It's so much faster. Thumbs up!

asdf12321

Please tell me they've added an option to delete uninstalled apps on MyWorld.
It bothers me to no end having every single stupid app I've tried, that I know I'm never gonna use again, on the list and not being able to get rid of them.

stackberry369

You can put them on IGNORE.go to my world and click on uninstalled then click on menu button you will see the option to ignore.

s5sahil

Well rather than having purplish mundane background, i would have liked bb logo in the back rather than plainish purplish UI, will try to give feedback to RIM about it in beta itself, like twiiter hopefully they ll react and change it. Rest everything appreciated.

biggietoms

i like it, real classy look.

Altarocks

I'm unable to get any full pages to load in beta zone on my BB. Whole blocks of the pages show the white, blank background. Anyone else experiencing this?

MaxxxBerry23

I really like it; design and performance are great :-)

estarno

Still looks like a UI that came out in 2004 to me... clunky, clutter, dark

adammcewen

I updated to the new version 3, and found that my blackberry bridge had an upgrade to 1.0.4.9. installed that, and when i checked, the 1.0.0.93 was still listed in my app list as well for some reason.

At work so i can't say if my bridge still works with the new version or not.

hlnguyen21

Why are people so excited about App World updates...? It's not like we're getting more apps, or that they're getting better.

stackberry369

Huh?don't be a debbiedowner.

BlackBerry.est08

For some reason, I can't paste the keycode...Anyone have this problem?

diegonei

Happened to me too. Just copy it again.

BlackBerry.est08

Had to press/hold the trackpad and then select paste - couldn't paste it through the menu button.

HunterRemington

I definitely like the flow of it, and it looks great, hopefully developers pump it full of premium content. Posted using my white BlackBerry Bold 9780.

vovadrap

I don't like this style!!!

trsbbs

So far so good. Installed and working on my 9650...

Tim

lycan666

this is totally amazing , the filter option is sooooo goood , plus the delete uninstalled apps . 3.0 is the new future

lycan666

this is totally amazing , the filter option is sooooo goood , plus the delete uninstalled apps . 3.0 is the new future cant imagine it on OS7

lycan666

this is totally amazing , the filter option is sooooo goood , plus the delete uninstalled apps . 3.0 is the new future cant imagine it on OS7

pjmacklin

the good: nice looking and fast.

the bad: (so far) unable to updates when they're available.

the ugly: having to sign in each and every time i want ot go to my world; not all of my installed apps show as installed in bbaw when device is linked to computer.

these are things i've noted so far. there are a couple more "issues" noted in beta zone.

SC457

I liked it but wouldn't show my installed apps after a day of having it and soesnt show the availabel memory anymore. Had to down grade back to the older version.

jblizz11

this is super cool.love the new UI

daveshiz

i thought at first very nice looking but
i ignored over 80 of my 170 uninstalled then did reboot later and
they were all back tell me i did something wrong i scrolled to app
in uninstalled and clicked ignore !!!
also in the reviews all the crappy adverts of people s pin no etc
litter the reviews
and finally every time you use app world to even just look
you have to log in ????????????/
help this is their big chance to impress and i think theyve failed
miserably ?/

MrBlackberrySUMA09

Some guy posted a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCd-zT7Hmig Personally i think its not really that big of an update its just a different UI and small tweaks etc.. but im grateful still cause the old app world was getting um old LOL

and after i downloaded it how come the icon got 1000 bigger :O

nahomi_7

hello I do not speak English and use the google translator to write this truth is that I welcome the page to download blackberry 3.0 world as it was the version that best served to me, a friend recommended the website but does not give the option and would like to help me find a site where if you can download the previous version in Spanish bb world for 8530 curve if I do this I would greatly appreciate Fabor gracias y adios